Recruiting the right people on the right terms is vital for any organisation. Recruitment is a stage at which a lot can go badly wrong from both legal and operational perspectives and so it is important to ensure that:
- Advertisements and job specs are clearly and carefully drafted, avoiding any implication of unlawful discrimination
- Interviews and other selection processes are fair and objective and do not unlawfully discriminate
- The right people are involved in (and buy into) the recruitment decision
- In particular, that issues concerning health, family life, culture and lifestyle are treated sensitively
- Any offers are made subject to contract and to appropriate conditions, such as immigration checks, references, freedom from previous employers’ contractual restrictions and, where appropriate, probationary periods
- Immigration checks are made, references are taken up and other due diligence is carried out
- No promises are made or expectations created that cannot be fulfilled
- Employment terms are suitable and in accordance with the pay and benefits structure of the organisation
- Objectives are clear and any initial support needs are in place.
Our assistance to employers in this area includes:
- Advising and training managers on the legal aspects of recruitment
- Drafting offer letters and contracts of employment
- Advising in relation to specific issues, such as health, disability and childcare issues
- Advising in relation to the withdrawal of offers when necessary
- Defending employers against claims arising from recruitment exercises, including unlawful discrimination claims.