If you need assistance with reviewing your current recruitment procedures Blacks Solicitors’ Employment Law team can help.
At Blacks, we understand that recruitment is an expensive and time-consuming process that is plagued with pitfalls for the unwary.
Get it wrong and at best you find yourself hiring the wrong person for the job. At worst, you could find yourself facing an Employment Tribunal Claim on the grounds that you have discriminated against the Applicant.
As a result, recruiting staff is no longer simply a case of placing an advertisement in the Job Centre or local newspaper. Careful thought must be given to the role for which you are hiring and the qualifications and attributes of the successful Applicant.
During the recruitment process it’s important to be aware of the provisions of the Equality Act 2010. This legislation prohibits employers from discriminating against candidates based on Protected Characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation). So whilst you are at liberty to adopt any recruitment and selection procedures you think are suitable, they must not discriminate against job applicants.
Other factors to consider are statutory restrictions and protections that may apply. This might include the employment of children, ex-offenders, foreign nationals, or trade union members.
If you would like to avoid recruitment pitfalls or need assistant with reviewing your current recruitment procedures, please email or call Blacks’ Employment Law team today on 0113 207 0000 for a free no obligation discussion.