Youmanage, the flexible online HR management system, is proving a useful tool to help companies steer clear of industrial tribunals, which are certainly time consuming and may be very costly.
Being up to date with employment law and understanding employees’ rights is especially relevant during an economic downturn, and more so if there is a possibility of redundancies. Get these wrong and employers face potentially huge claims for compensation and legal redress.
Youmanage can help prevent managers making costly mistakes leading to industrial tribunals and litigation because its simple-to-follow module system walks managers through the various recruitment, management and dismissal processes, explaining what they need to do at each step and providing advice and a check list of actions.
The versatile nature of the program also ensures that any actions taken by managers in the field can be recorded in real time and monitored by HR departments who then have the flexibility to quickly intercede or advise if they spot a problem or departure from the laid down procedure.
Companies may find themselves at industrial tribunals for a number of reasons, the most common being a failure to follow proper procedures according to new research. Among others that have landed businesses in hot water are sacking someone on the spot, refusing to employ an applicant who is pregnant, dismissing a driver who receives a driving ban, thinking employees are entitled to a week’s notice for dismissal, believing candidates who apply for a job can’t go to an employment tribunal, and assuming employees are only entitled to a contract after any trial period ends.
On the legal front, paying cash in hand is illegal and could lead to prosecution, as is employing people without seeing the proper right to work information.
Apparently, one of the biggest mistakes managers make is to think employees have to have worked for the company for a year before they can take it to a tribunal. No, says Youmanage, there are 42 different scenarios that can lead an employee to take their company to a tribunal in the first 12 months.
“When the technology exists to avoid making costly mistakes, it makes good commercial sense to use it,” says Phil Brown, Managing Director of Youmanage.
“As well as modules that cover every aspect of modern people management – the entire employee life cycle – our system provides advice on discipline, grievance and dismissal procedures, which all have a useful part to play when a company wants to mitigate its risk of being taken to an industrial tribunal.
“Industrial tribunals are estimated to cost British companies around £200 million a year, and many of the 100,000 applications made each year could be reduced if managers had the necessary information to follow the laid-down procedures.
“The Youmanage system provides this in an easy to understand format, and many of the companies currently using it say that by clarifying and addressing issues at an early stage it has helped resolve many problems that might otherwise have ended up at an industrial tribunal.”
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