People are a critical element of your business, so it’s vital that you manage the risks associated with employing staff, as the costs could be greater than you realise. Below we highlight two of the greatest risks that will be facing SMEs in 2018 – Scrapping of Employment Tribunal Fees and GDPR.

If you work with us, it doesn’t have to be a worry or a risk.  Our range of HR support packages are designed to fit a wide range of business sizes and will give you the peace of mind you are looking for and need in times of uncertainty.  Packages start from an affordable £199 per month.

‘ …for a very small amount of money, South Coast HR has taken all my HR documentation and procedural stuff away and leaves me to run my business, not my staff.’

EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNALS – you may have seen in the press that the Supreme Court has deemed employment tribunal fees unlawful, and has taken the decision to scrap them. Gone are the days when you could try and get away with a potentially weak case, safe in the knowledge that your potential claimant would have to cough up £1500 to make their claim.

It means that employees and ex employees have an easier (i.e. free!) route again to making a claim against their employer. Learn more in our recent blog on this and what it means for small business owners.

‘As a MD of an SME I hate all the rubbish surrounding employing staff. Don’t get me wrong, I have a great workforce but the documentation, procedures and rules involved with employing them is a bureaucratic nightmare.’

GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS (GDPR) – this comes into force on 25th May 2018, and means that all data must be handled with the utmost care. Businesses will need to be able to account for all the personal data they hold, where and how it is held and used, and have procedures in place to comply with the rights that the new law gives or face greater penalties than under the current Data Protection arrangements.