Delyn MP David Hanson is urging small businesses in Delyn to make the most of the free legal advice that is available to them. Research suggests that many small businesses are currently paying for employment law advice which they could be getting for free.
Government research found that less than half of all businesses asked said they were likely to seek outside advice for employment issues in the next year. The Government is set to contact around 400,000 small businesses as part of a campaign to make sure they know how to access free help from the Business Link website, http://www.businesslink.gov.uk.
The Employing People section of http://www.businesslink.gov.uk is designed to give businesses simple, practical advice and guidance on the full range of employment issues, from taking on staff through to dismissals and redundancies.
The site includes calculators and interactive guides to help businesses understand their legal obligations.
Producing written statements of employment is a significant time burden for employers, with many using external advisers to complete them. If half of employers switched to using the tool provided, the saving to business could be as much as £160m.
If a third of affected businesses used the new redundancy statements tool, the saving to business could be as much as £5m.
David Hanson said:
“I know that for any small business every penny counts and I want to ensure that for businesses in Flintshire, Business Link is their first port of call when it comes to getting employment legal advice.
“The service helps small businesses understand their rights and obligations and enables them to plan with more clarity.”