Which Boss Are You? (Regardless, ELC can help)
A survey published by the Department of Business Innovation & Skills exposes the fact a significant number of employers are not confident with their employment law obligations.
From a study covering more than 300 small business owners , less than a third (32 per cent) report feeling confident in their understanding of employment law; 34 per cent of respondents feel that employment law obligations are not relevant to their business, while a further 20 per cent worry about getting their obligations right.
Keeping up to date
Not quite half (42 per cent) of the sample consider it ‘important’ to stay up to date. However, a quarter (25 per cent) admit that they do not keep up to speed with legislation changes.
A further 28 per cent report that they are ‘vaguely aware’ of their legal obligations. This group of employers feel that they are unable to find the time to keep abreast of their legal requirements.
Employment Relations Minister Lord Young said:
“We know that running a small business is both challenging and rewarding – and that this combination often fuels a successful enterprise. The essential job of managing employment law need not be one of these challenges.
“This study helps us identify the knowledge gap, and the reasons behind this, to enable us to continue to improve the advice and support we offer. I expect all small businesses to access this help for free on the Business Link website to make sure they know their responsibilities
Support & Services available to small businesses
For those businesses that want to keep up with all the latest employment news, our employment law Calendar will continue to publish details of important events in employment law, while our news section will update readers on recent developments.
For those 58 per cent of business owners that don’t consider it important to keep up to date, we would encourage them to reconsider.
And for both the 68 per cent that don’t feel confident, and the 32 per cent that do, Employment Law Clinic will continue to build on & improve the information & advice available on the site, continue to provide links to reliable free resources, as well as offering a range of services for 100 per cent of small businesses in the UK.
 The study was based on business owners responsible for a company with between one & 49 employees