Employment law regulates the relationship between employers and employees. It governs what employers can expect from employees, what employers can ask employees to do, and employees rights at work.
Employment law is a minefield with continuous changes in government guidance. It can be challenging to keep on top of the ever-changing legislation. Particularly given the uncertainty of Brexit and Covid-19, employers must act with great caution to remain legally compliant.
There are multiple options available; an employer could hire an in-house HR consultant or team, acquire an employment law advisor or solicitor, or pay for outsourced HR and employment law consultancy services.
What is the difference between a HR Consultant and an Employment Law Solicitor?
Cost is the primary difference as an employment law solicitor is typically more expensive than a HR Consultant. A HR Consultant is likely to have spent many years dealing first hand with employee challenges within organisations and managing people on a day to day basis.
Human resource consultants will likely have a proactive and commercial approach to managing your workforce, translating theory into practice, and allowing you to respond reactively to issues that may arise.
HR Team consultants undertake continuous professional development to keep up with ever-changing employment law legislation. We will advise on your risk exposure and how best to reduce your exposure, with preliminary advice to avoid any litigation issues that may arise.
There are areas where HR consultants and employment solicitors can cross over. For example, you’ll find both may prepare employment contracts, both may advise on disciplinary matters. But which one is the better choice for your business?
4 Reasons Why Outsourced HR Is A Better Solution Than Solicitors
1. Skills and Knowledge
By hiring specialists in a particular field, companies can benefit from the combined knowledge and skills of an experienced range of professionals to whom they may not otherwise have access.
Providing employers and employees with advice on dismissals, redundancies and other issues, helps employers navigate the complexities of employment law with extensive knowledge in this area of law to mitigate the risk of costly tribunals.
2. Increased Legislative Compliance And Reduced Risk
As HR outsourcing companies focus solely on HR processes (such as performance management, sickness absence, recruitment), they generally have a greater awareness of the surrounding legislation, ensuring legal compliance.
3. Efficient And Improved Time Management
By hiring HR professionals, organisations can focus on their core business processes. This increased focus allows companies to do more of what they do best, and to grow and thrive.
4. Reduced Cost
The cost of a company managing HR for itself can be staggering – approximately €51,459 annually in Ireland. The expenditure of time management of dealing with issues such as a troublesome employee is disproportionate in most cases. The costs of poor people management can also be substantial.
Should a company fail to comply with legal requirements; they could be faced with a significant claim at an employment tribunal, an award for compensation and an additional bill for legal costs.
Not only does outsourcing HR avoid the need to pay an in-house HR team salary, but working with experts will reduce the risk of employee claims if all the processes and procedures are correct in the first instance.
Ultimately, it’s your choice which professional to hire. We believe that one of HR Team’s professional advisors will provide you with a cost-effective solution while maximising mitigation of risk and ensuring due diligence.
We help business start-ups, SMEs and large multinational organisations. Call to speak to us today on any aspect of employment law or strategic human resource services. Tel: 01 695 0749 or for UK/NI: 028 71 271 882. Alternatively, contact us via email: Hello@hrteamgroup.com