Recruitment Support from specialist employment solicitors in Manchester and London
Your employees are your businesses greatest assets, you must make sure your recruitment process and procedures attract the best candidates for the position. There are however some pitfalls that you must be careful of, particularly regarding your advert.
Discrimination in recruitment
Without realising or intending to do so your employment advert could be considered to be discriminatory. You must make sure that your advert does not exclude any one group of people from applying for a role when there is no good reason to do so.
For example, you cannot advertise for male applicants only simply because you would prefer to work with a male than a female. It is likely this would be considered discriminatory. However, if you are advertising for a counsellor for a women’s shelter you may be able to specify women as there is a genuine reason to prefer women.
You then need to be careful of unconscious bias in the interview selection process. There have been many studies that show we all have unconscious bias towards certain groups without even realising that we do. Think about anonymising your selection process as much as possible. Remove any names or other suggestions of protected characteristics before looking through the applications.
Finally, at the interview stage be careful not to ask any potentially discriminatory questions. For example, you should not ask a female candidate if and when she intends to have children as that has nothing to do with the role. Whereas, a job requiring manual labour may require questions regarding physical disabilities to ensure the candidate can undertake the role.
During the recruitment process, you will receive vast amounts of applications which include personal and sensitive data of all applicants. As a business, you will need to ensure all personal data is protected in accordance to the Data Protection Act 2018 to avoid complaints, investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office, fines, and damaging the reputation and public relations of the business.
Other issues in recruitment
Other issues you should be aware of in your recruitment process include:
- Benefits – you must make sure you are offering suitable benefits like pensions.
- Immigration – if you are employing someone from outside the EU you need to make sure they are legally able to work in the UK. Click here for our business immigration services.
At Monarch Solicitors we can help you with everything from understanding your legal obligations to restructuring and reorganising your recruitment process to identify and remove any possible discrimination issues.
How can Monarch Solicitors help?
At Monarch Solicitors, we can offer robust advice and guidance on legislation revolving around recruitment to ensure your business is aware and compliant of your legal obligations during each stage of the recruitment process, from advertising to a job offer, whilst ensuring your business achieves its commercial objectives.
We can assist with reviewing your existing recruitment procedures and practices, and advise on how to improve your recruitment process in line with recruitment laws to prevent grounds on which current or previous employees can make a complaint or claim. Should you receive an employment claim in regards to recruitment, we can represent you at all stages of the claim right up to the employment tribunal hearing.
Neglecting or oversight of recruitment law can lead to employment claims made against you such as discrimination, which can ultimately result in a costly and timely litigation process.
Our specialist employment solicitors have decades of experience dealing with employment issues. They are well equipped to deal with a whole manner of different cases no matter how big or small.
We pride ourselves on providing clear, quick, cost-effective solutions to achieve an outcome in your best interests, and minimise disruption to your business as much as possible so that you can concentrate on recruiting the best candidate for the job.
Our team have had great success negotiating settlement offers, taking claims to the Employment Tribunal, and many more. Every person we represent receives the same high quality of treatment and personal service.
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