Picture this: a disgruntled employee is adamant that you have treated them badly while they have been off sick and on their return from sick leave, they bring an Employment Tribunal claim against you, it runs for a year culminating in a 10 day hearing at the Employment Tribunal.
Worst case scenario you lose the case and are ordered to pay substantial compensation. Best case scenario you successfully defend the case. Either way, you will have racked up legal fees that could run to thousands of pounds and have had to spend a significant amount of time away from what your day job, be it thinking about your witness statement, finding documents to disclose to the Tribunal and sitting in the hearing room.
All of this could be avoided by having up to date contracts and policies with clearly defined requirements for the employee, a clearly defined sickness absence management procedure and a clear and easily understood policy on adjusting roles or making adjustments for disabled employees.
Getting things right from the outset with your employment documentation, ensuring everything is updated regularly in line with ever changing employment laws and ensuring that grievances, disciplinary and other employee concerns are dealt with immediately; can save a lot of time and expense in the long run.
Howells Solicitors provide a fixed fee annual health check service for all of your policies and contracts. We can also work with you to prepare new contracts and policies meeting your exact specifications and requirements. We can also be there for you with any day to day employment questions you may have.
Contact us today for a free, no-obligation chat about your requirements or see the employment page for more details.