Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hay & Kilner Launches New HR Service for Employers

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hay & Kilner Launches New HR Service for Employers

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NORTH East law firm Hay & Kilner has launched a valuable new service aimed at helping the region's business leaders steer clear of the rising tide of employment tribunal claims.

Mass redundancies, corporate restructuring and wage disputes caused by the tough economic climate have contributed to rocketing levels of employment tribunals in recent years, leaving employers at increased risk of substantial payouts which many of them can ill afford.

Newcastle-based Hay & Kilner has responded with the launch of its tailored HR Key service, which will transform the way its business clients gain legal advice when managing their workforce.

Businesses of all sizes, from SMEs to plcs, can now sign up for the fixed-fee service which gives them unlimited telephone support from experienced solicitors.

Subscribers to the service will also be given generous insurance protection and online access to an extensive range of HR documents aimed at preventing and resolving employment issues.

The product is particularly attractive to businesses as they receive unlimited telephone advice from Hay & Kilner's top solicitors rather than from HR advisers who aren't legally qualified.

All of the documents in the databank were also personally prepared and are regularly updated by Hay & Kilner's employment law team.

The firm's employment partner Sarah Hall said: "In these difficult economic times, we've seen a real surge in employment tribunal claims.

"A lack of opportunities in the job market has meant that people who have been made redundant are less able to simply move into new jobs and more likely to pursue disputes with their former employer.

"Employers are understandably concerned about any unwanted spend and if a tribunal claim lands at their door, they are at risk of having to make a significant and sometimes hugely damaging payout.

"HR Key is designed to deal with exactly this situation."

Associate solicitor Sarah Furness added: "HR Key operates on a fixed-fee basis with the price being determined by the size of the employer, so it really is ideal for businesses that employ anything from a handful to hundreds of workers. …

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