Firms to benefit from free employment law update after research reveals significant gap in understanding

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  • Employers are not fully up-to-speed with recent changes to the employment law landscape
  • Three in ten firms (29%) are unable to spot the right way to calculate holiday pay, while almost two in ten (19%) are caught out by a flexible working request[1]
  • Potentially as many as a third of all HR handbooks could be out-of-date, leaving employers vulnerable to claims[1]
  • EEF launches latest round of UK-wide free employment law updates to help firms get to grips with new and upcoming legislation.

EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, is about to launch its latest round of free employment law updates designed to get firms across the UK up-to-speed on the latest legal developments. The popular complimentary briefing sessions take place throughout Autumn and will give local business owners an overview of what is happening right now in employment law.

This latest round of updates will look at upcoming legislative changes such as the apprenticeship levy and gender pay reporting, along with the potential impact of Brexit on labour market regulation.

EEF’s team of HR and employment law specialists have been running free legal updates for a number of years now. The sessions take place around the country to ensure that local firms understand the latest legislation and case law, and the implications for their business. They are part of a wider drive to help businesses stay safe and compliant in the face of ever-evolving legislation.

EEF has announced this year’s dates following new findings suggesting that many companies could unwittingly be falling behind in their understanding of employment law. Almost three in ten (29%) appear unable to determine the correct way of calculating holiday pay, while just under two in ten (19%) struggle to get to grips with flexible working requests[1].

According to EEF, as many as a third of all HR handbooks could also be out-of-date[1], leaving employers vulnerable to a potential claim.

Lucy Atherton, Legal Compliance expert at EEF, says: “Our research shows that employers are not fully up-to-speed with recent changes in the employment law landscape. Relatively recent developments such as those affecting holiday pay calculations and flexible working are commonly misunderstood and this leaves companies vulnerable.

“Our free seminars are a popular way for local firms to ensure that they understand the key employment law issues facing their business and are able to take the right steps to stay safe and compliant. They’re also a great opportunity to discuss any wider concerns with other companies and our team of experts – it’s a useful sounding board and something that local employers particularly value.”

The first free employment law update takes place 20th September in Gateshead. Sessions in other regions follow throughout October and into November. For full details or to book click here, or call 0808 168 5874.


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