Illegal Working Practices You Need To Avoid There’s no doubt about it. If your company operates illegal working practices then you are open to costly tribunals.
As a business owner, it’s your legal (and moral) responsibility to operate within the law.
Shockingly, a report by
Resolution Foundation has found that: 1 in 20 workers do not get paid their holiday entitlement 1 in 10 workers do not get a payslip Workers over 65 are most likely to not have paid holidays Workers age 25 and under are twice as likely to be underpaid the minimum wage Hospitality workers miss out the most on their legal entitlements Those working in small firms (under 25 employees) are most likely to not receive a payslip Zero hour workers are more likely to not receive a payslip Illegal Working Practices Are Indefensible
The fact that some UK workers aren’t receiving basic statutory entitlements is shocking. Whether it’s a payslip, minimum wage or paid holiday, there is no excuse to not provide your employees with such a basic right.
Therefore, it’s imperative that you get these areas right as they’re indefensible should an employee make a claim against you.
If you don’t provide your employees with their statutory rights you’re running the risk of the tribunal escalating. Research suggests that workers over 65 are most likely to not receive paid holidays. If your business adopts this illegal working practice you could also be facing an age discrimination claim!
Employees Are Your Biggest Asset
Your employees are your biggest asset. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to service your customers. You spend a lot of time, money and energy recruiting new employees. This hard work is going to waste should your business adopt illegal working practices. The job climate is extremely competitive and your business needs to stand out in order to attract top talent. Should you fail with the basics you only have yourself to blame should an employee decide to leave.
Employees Are Human Beings Too
It’s important to look beyond the statistics and recognise that employees are human beings. They have bills to pay, families to feed and lifestyles to maintain. If you’re failing to provide your employees with their basic employment rights you are causing them unnecessary stress. Additionally, you’re also increasing the chances of them taking time off work due to stress.
Employee Rights Should Be Perfect From The Beginning
Employment contracts are the foundation to the working relationship between you and your employees. They set out working practices, standards, terms and conditions that your employees need to agree to adhere to. Additionally, it’s just as important that you adhere to your responsibilities too. Failing to do so will only affect your company’s reputation, workforce, productivity and bank balance.
For more information on implementing and adhering to legal working practices talk to a member of our team today on 08450 50 40 60.