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This article was published on July 17th, 2015
It is often said that ignorance of the law is no excuse but this is never more true than in the area of employment law.
Although I have spent over thirty-five years practising the law and employment law in particular, every day still presents me with questions I can not answer straight away. Luckily, I usually know where to find the answer but how is the hard pressed owner/manager of a small or medium sized business expected to have the time or resources to do the same? Answer – he doesn’t!
And yet, the complex strands of the law on employment matters affect every aspect of your business whether you like it or not. Some of this law is obscure and seemingly illogical and yet it applies whether you are running a multi-national corporation or a corner shop.
Here are just a few examples:-
In this article I have provided only a small number of examples of the ways in which the law can trip up the ignorant but innocent employer but the scope and complexity of employment law can be truly daunting. Getting it wrong can be expensive as well as time consuming and leaving it to chance is not really a viable commercial option. In fact if I had a penny for every time a client has said “I have been in business 20 years and never had a problem until now” I would be a very rich man!
And so, how do you avoid the pitfalls and expense of ignorance? At Thorneycroft Solicitors we pride ourselves in providing pro-active, solution drive advice and support. For further details please contact Mark Bestley on 01625 507571 ([email protected]) or visit our website at www.thorneycroftsolicitors.co.uk
By Mark Bestley, Head of Employment Law at Thorneycroft Solicitors Limited