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Knutsford workshop to help small businesses with employment law

By on November 25, 2009

With employment legislation representing small firms’ costliest bureaucratic burden, at a staggering £2.4bn per year, help is available through a free practical employment law workshop being run by the Knutsford-based Forum of Private Business (FPB) and Mace & Jones solicitors.

In addition to providing practical support and guidance, the breakfast workshop will outline both recent and imminent changes to employment legislation.

According to the FPB’s recent survey into the ‘cost of compliance’, employment law outranked health and safety (£2.1bn per year) and tax (£1.8bn) as the most onerous administrative chore faced by small-business owners, who spend an average of 37 hours per month wading through red tape.

The survey found that smaller-business employers in the UK spend £259m per year on work associated with dismissals and redundancy. They spend a further £391m on absence control and management, £237m on maternity, £333m on disciplinary issues, and £1,175m on holidays and any other remaining aspects of employment legislation.

At £272m, small firms in the North West face the third-highest annual bill in the UK for dealing with employment law, after companies in the South East and central London. Nick Palin, the FPB’s Director of Human Resources, urged firms to sign up to the workshop.

“Cash flow is the lifeblood of all businesses and those in the North West continue to struggle because of the unstable economic climate, yet employment red tape remains one of the costliest barriers they face,” said Mr Palin. “The FPB is lobbying the Government to create a regulatory environment suited to stability and growth, but it also important to provide business owners with the best guidance possible.”

“In partnership with Mace & Jones, we are committed to working with small businesses on our doorstep in order to arm them to comply with the law by offering advice, information and support via our practical employment law workshop.”

The employment workshop is being held at the Cottons Hotel and Spa, Manchester Road, Knutsford, on Thursday, 3 December from 8.30am to 10am.

The speakers will be Mace & Jones’ Sue Ensall and Anne Greenwood. Both are employment solicitors and have a wealth of experience advising employers on all aspects of employment law and how to apply it in a practical and pragmatic way.

The FPB is also supporting small businesses via its newly-updated Employment Guide, which contains practical guidance on almost every aspect of employment to help subscribers comply with the law.

In addition, earlier this year, the FPB launched to provide entrepreneurs with free, concise, video-based information on business-related issues.

The site’s content includes advice on employment legislation from the FPB‘s employment adviser and non-executive director, Jane Caven, of Northwich-based consultancy Sagegreen.

Places at the workshop are limited, but to book yours call Sue Jordan at the FPB on 01565 626010. Alternatively, email your name, business name and telephone number to


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