Pure and Birkett Long provide free employment law update for Essex employers
More than 25 Essex employers have attended an employment law seminar held by Pure Resourcing Solutions (Pure) and Birkett Long, which provided free, essential advice to members of the local business community.
Recruitment company Pure, and law firm Birkett Long, both based in Essex, regularly work together to deliver informative seminars to keep local employers informed of the latest developments in employment and recruitment law.
The breakfast seminar, held on Wednesday 4th May at the Holiday Inn in Brentwood, covered two different sessions.
The first session provided an update on the latest developments in employment law, including mandatory gender pay gap reporting which is expected to come into effect for large employers in October. It also covered some of the outcomes of the most recent legal cases relating to topics including childcare vouchers, vicarious liability, contractual and non-contractual terms within staff handbooks and the calculation of holiday and commission pay.
The second session outlined how an organisation, and its staff, can help protect against a regulatory investigation or potential criminal prosecution. It also provided an explanation of the procedures involved and recent updates, including the new scheme which will see employers fined if they fail to pay Employment Tribunal awards or settlement sums within 28 days.
Ben Farrow, senior manager at Pure’s Chelmsford office, said, “It can be difficult for employers to continually keep up-to-date with changes in HR-related regulations. But it’s becoming more crucial than ever to do so. It’s not only essential to the welfare and morale of existing staff but also to creating an effective workplace culture which will attract and retain talented people. There can also be far-reaching and serious implications if any changes in regulations are missed, or misunderstood.”
Reggie Lloyd, senior practitioner at Birkett Long, added, “In recent years we’ve seen an increase in the level of scrutiny used by government regulators when monitoring businesses. This has corresponded with an increase in criminal prosecutions. It’s more important than ever that we work together to ensure employers are familiar with all the latest developments and that they continue to remain compliant.”
All those who attended also qualified for Continuous Professional Development (CPD) hours if they were working towards a professional management qualification.