Follow hiring best practice to avoid employee tribunals, SMBs urged

Monday 28 October 2013

Small and medium-sized business (SMB) leaders have been urged to follow best practice when they start taking on employees to grow their enterprise.

Joanne Eccles, business advisor at the Forum of Private Business (FPB), said hiring mistakes can potentially lead to costly tribunal claims for SMBs.

She noted that many new employers fall victim to the fear that can come when taking on an employee, even if they know it will be a key part of their growth plans.

"Part of the problem is that many are unsure about their obligations as an employer before even thinking about the interview process," Ms Eccles stated.

"The problem is especially the case for small businesses that do not have the luxury of their own HR staff."

Ms Eccles said employers need to ensure they are up to speed with the basic rights of their employees, in terms of pay and hours, discrimination and disciplinary/dismissal.

"Tribunals and investigations may never happen to you, but by seeking advice from organisations like the FPB to ensure you are up to speed with your obligations as an employer, can help you avoid any nasty surprises later," she added.

According to the FPB, one in six workplace disputes ends up going to tribunal, with an average settlement cost of £9,000.

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Posted by Sarah Parish