Anyone starting a business, running a business, growing a business, or changing a business needs to know about employment law and how it relates to them. Bringing employees into your business is an exciting move, because it means your business is growing, but it also adds the complication of needing to understand the employment law that relates to your employees.
Check out these three things you need to know when you’re getting started in the world of employment law, in order to best look after you, your business and your employees.
Employment Law Encompasses A Huge Range of Areas
Employment law is an area every employer needs to know about. An employer would be well advised to seek the advice of a professional commercial lawyers, because the scope of knowledge that’s involved in employment law is vast, and running a business and managing employees doesn’t allow enough time to stay on top of all the details. This is one of the many good reasons to hire a professional commercial law team to handle the legal side of bringing employees into your business.
Another good reason to bring professionals onboard is because employment law is specific to the country or region your business operates in. This is why it pays to get a good lawyer who is experienced in the particular region your business is operating in as well as a lawyer who is familiar with your line of business. Needless to say, the legal requirements and paperwork will be far too much for you as an employer to complete alone, and it’s likely a solo lawyer may not have the variety of skills and experience that are needed either. That’s why enlisting the help of a law firm who will have a varied team of specialised lawyers, as well as a network of related professionals on hand to help out if needed, is the best bet to securing success when it comes to managing employment law.
Employment Law Provides Entitlements for Employees
So what does employment law entail exactly? Employment law constitutes the rules and regulations around the employer – employee relationship and seeks to preserve the rights of each party. Employment law dictates the rules and requirements around contracts, employment terms, wages, hours, health and safety, discrimination, all the way to dismissal. It allows for employees to have rights and entitlements around these issues which are important for employers to take into account.
Employment law affects a business from the moment they hire an employee in setting up employment contracts, throughout the employment period in regards to leave, salary and wages and working hours all the way to when the employee leaves the company, whether through resignation or termination. It’s important for employees to be well aware of these entitlements under the law throughout the entire employment process.
Different Entitlements Apply to Different Kinds of Employees
Are your employees full time or part time? Permanent or casual? Different employees have different entitlements under the law, and it’s important for employers to be aware of the entitlements that apply to their employees. Some entitlements that apply to full and part time permanent employees may not apply to casual employees for example, or they may apply in different ways. An employer’s relationship with a contractor may be entirely dependent on the terms of the contract, or it could vary based on what region the business operates in.
This complexity and variability in employment law makes it important once again to seek a specialised law firm for assistance when it comes to introducing employees into your work and laying the basis for your interaction with the local employment law.
By becoming more aware of the guidelines and obligations for business around employment law in your area, and seeking the expert advice of qualified employment law professionals, you can ensure an effective and seamless integration of employees into your business.