We all know the importance of staying on top of product and business knowledge, but when was the last time you trained your managers in employment law issues? Training on employment and HR issues IS IMPORTANT. Training gives managers the confidence and knowledge to deal with matters early. Training raises awareness of HR and employment law as part of day to day management practice. It also raises the risks to managers of failing to comply with employment law issues – including their own personal liability.
Training could also give employers possible defences in tribunal claims – ask yourself, could your organisation successfully defend a discrimination claim? If management undertook training on equality and diversity issues, the employer had a policy on equal opportunities which was also monitored; the opportunity of raising the statutory defence becomes an option to it. Prevention is always better than cure and training managers ensures that businesses are in the best position possible to demonstrate a commitment to personnel issues.
Who should you train?
Managers, HR staff and senior teams will all benefit from training either as a first step to compliance or as a refresher. Employers could also consider linking employment law training to promotion as a 'step up to management'. Having a lawyer to present a training course also means the message is taken seriously by staff and again reinforces the importance the business places on management training and HR.
How do we start?
Emma O'Connor from Boyes Turner's Employment Team says "Start small! From experience, it is better to offer 'bite sized' training on key areas such as equality and diversity, managing conflict or recruitment, rather than training on the whole of employment law in a day. Employment training should be targeted and focused, with courses designed to meet individual businesses and their needs and business drivers. Training should also be engaging and interesting; for example, we use role plays, quizzes and mock disciplinaries and grievances to engage the audience and demonstrate how they can apply their training in practical scenarios."
Why choose Boyes Turner?
Our Employment group has developed a reputation for its "hands-on" and practical approach to training. At the centre, is a focus on helping businesses take advantage of opportunities and producing effective and commercial solutions to problems. This approach is designed to help clients better manage their risk and help them reduce their legal expenditure. It is an approach that sets the group apart from most other law firms' employment teams. We are happy to design bespoke and flexible training products with clients to suit their own timings and budgets.
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