Employment Law Audit

What is an Employment Law Audit

An Employment Law Audit (ELA), also known as an HR compliance audit, involves a comprehensive review of an organisation’s employment practices and policies to ensure they comply with UK employment laws and regulations. The purpose of such an audit is to identify areas of non-compliance, mitigate legal risks, and improve overall employment practices. Take a look into what an ELA typically includes:

  1. Employment Contracts and Agreements: Review employment contracts to ensure they meet legal requirements, cover essential terms and conditions, and comply with the Employment Rights Act 1996. This may also include assessing the usage of zero-hour contracts, part-time contracts, and fixed-term contracts.
  2. Discrimination and Equal Opportunity: Evaluate policies and practices to ensure compliance with the Equality Act 2010, which prohibits discrimination based on protected characteristics such as age, gender, race, religion, disability, and sexual orientation.
  3. Health and Safety: Ensure compliance with health and safety regulations, including providing a safe working environment and adhering to the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
  4. Working Time Regulations: Review working hours, breaks, and leave entitlements as per the 1998 Working Time Regulations. It’s important to avoid overworking employees and protect their rights.
  5. Wage and Overtime: Ensure compliance with the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and proper payment of wages, overtime, and holiday pay.
  6. Termination and Redundancy: Assess termination processes to ensure they comply with laws related to unfair dismissal, wrongful termination, and redundancy, as outlined in the Employment Rights Act 1996.
  7. Employee Rights: Review compliance with employee rights and statutory benefits, such as maternity and paternity leave, and family-friendly policies according to the Employment Rights Act 1996 and other relevant legislation.
  8. Data Protection: Ensure that employee data is handled by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.
  9. Immigration Compliance: Verify that the organisation complies with UK immigration laws when hiring foreign workers and ensuring proper record-keeping for sponsored employees.
  10. Record-Keeping: Assess the maintenance of employee records, such as payroll, attendance, and disciplinary actions, by legal requirements.
  11. Policies and Procedures: Review and update HR policies and procedures to reflect changes in employment law and best practices.

Why should it be done?

An ELA is crucial for a business to proactively identify and rectify legal compliance issues.

It ensures that an organisation’s employment practices and policies align with current employment laws and regulations. By conducting an audit, companies can mitigate legal risks, avoid costly penalties, enhance HR practices, and foster a fair, productive, and legally compliant work environment.

Regular Employment Law Audits provide the peace of mind that an organisation is operating within the bounds of the law, protecting both employees and the business itself.

What have we done?

Our experienced team has a proven track record in helping organisations across various sectors navigate the complex web of employment legislation. We’ve successfully conducted numerous Employment Law Audits, providing invaluable insights and guidance.

We have assisted clients in:

  • Drafting and reviewing employment contracts that comply with the Employment Rights Act 1996.
  • Identifying any potential issues that may give rise to discrimination under the Equality Act 2010 within organisations
  • Assisting employers in safeguarding employee health and safety under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • Ensuring that the work practices offer fair working hours, rest breaks, and leave entitlements as required by the Working Time Regulations 1998.
  • Advising on adherence to the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 and other wage and overtime-related regulations.
  • Guiding on terminating an employment relationship fairly,  redundancy procedures, and advising on employee rights as per the Employment Rights Act 1996.
  • Ensuring GDPR and Data Protection Act 2018 compliance in handling employee data.
  • Assisting with immigration compliance when hiring foreign workers and maintaining proper records for sponsored employees.
  • Implementing efficient record-keeping systems for various HR functions.

What is our approach?

We understand that each business is unique, and our approach to Employment Law Audits is tailored to your specific needs. Our method encompasses:

  • In-Depth Analysis: We thoroughly review your existing employment practices, contracts, policies, and procedures to identify areas of non-compliance and legal risks.
  • Customised Solutions: We provide tailored recommendations and practical solutions to address identified issues while ensuring alignment with current legislation.
  • Ongoing Support: Our commitment extends beyond the audit. We provide continuous support to help you implement and maintain the recommended changes effectively.
  • Legal Expertise: With our seasoned legal professionals, you can be confident in our comprehensive understanding of UK employment laws.

    In a constantly changing legal landscape, an Employment Law Audit from Davenport Solicitors offers a proactive approach to protect your business, enhance compliance, and foster a productive, legally sound workplace.

    Contact us today to discuss how we can assist you in ensuring your employment practices are in line with employment laws, reducing legal risks, and creating a fair and compliant work environment.