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Businesses in the East of England still rank Brexit as biggest concern for 2017

During a recent legal update on employment law, experts from Prettys polled businesses from across the East of England to understand the biggest issues for 2017 and found that Brexit remains the biggest cause for concern.

The businesses were polled during Prettys Employment law update briefing event and over one third of the respondents (36%) cited Brexit as the biggest issue facing their business this year. This was followed by worker status issues (24%), national living wage (16%) and gender pay gap reporting (12%).

The employment law update reviewed some of the recent judgements against Uber and Pimlico Plumbers in regards to the gig economy and despite almost a quarter of the respondents citing it as an important issue, only 9% of business have carried out a review of the status of their own workers.

Commenting on the results, Prettys Partner, Matthew Cole said; “Many businesses are still waiting for clarity on what the legal implications will be once the UK leaves the EU. In addition, changes to the rights of self-employed workers and the national living wage are already impacting on many businesses in the East of England.”

When asked about the main issues that HR departments deal with on a day to day basis, recruitment topped the list followed by sickness and incapacity and misconduct/ conflict resolution.

At Prettys next event, part of their Business Academy series, the employment team will look at the new rules around the General Data Protection Regulations that will be in force from May 2018 and what businesses will need to do to ensure that they are compliant.

Prettys’ employment team offers a range of advice for employers using their broad experience to offer the best and most effective solution possible and can support clients in relation to any aspect of a workplace relationship. In addition, the programme offers bite-size training on a range of HR and employment issues.

Matthew Colem Partner at Prettys

Photo caption: Matthew Cole, Partner at Prettys hosted the Employment Law Update Briefing 

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