US Businesses Need to Be Wary of UK Employment Laws, Find the Edge Expert Says

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Employment law expert, Robert McCreath, has warned US businesses looking to set up operations in the UK that they need to familiarise themselves with the UK's extra legislation, in order to avoid being stung by employment tribunals, in a Find the Edge article published today.

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Compared with many other European countries, UK employment law is notably employer-friendly

US companies looking to start up in the UK need to take the time to understand the unique employment laws they will be subject to, and take steps to avoid acting unlawfully when dealing with staff members, Robert McCreath has said in a new post on Find the Edge.

In the article, the employment law specialist explains the reasons behind employment legislation in the UK, and how the laws affect businesses in practice. He also provides valuable advice to help new start-ups avoid inadvertently falling foul of the rules.

McCreath said: "First the good news – compared with many other European countries, UK employment law is notably employer-friendly.

"However, US businesses starting up in the UK should be aware that there are some points that might surprise them."

He goes on to explain seven of the most important rules that can catch out US business owners. These include more generous holiday rights in the UK, the need to provide a minimum notice period for terminations, and the protection employees have when it comes to unfair dismissals.

McCreath also discusses why employers need to be wary when dealing with business transfers.

He said: "Where a business transfers from one employer to another, the contracts of employment of the employees engaged in the business, together with practically all associated liabilities (even those liabilities accrued before the transfer) pass across automatically to the acquiring business.

"Business transfers can happen unexpectedly, so beware!

"For example, taking on a new business services contract from a client could result in the contracts of employment (and associated liabilities) of a dedicated team employed by the outgoing contractor transferring to your business."

The article can be viewed in full here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/your-people/recruitment/7-key-employment-points-for-us-businesses-starting-up-in-the-uk.

Robert McCreath is a partner at employment law firm Archon Solicitors, and works to provide practical and hands-on assistance to HR and management teams. More information about him can be found here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/expert-panelist/robert-mccreath.

Kenny Goodman, founder of Find the Edge, said: "UK employment law can be a little daunting for people unfamiliar with it.

"Robert gives a great overview in this article, explaining the major issues, why the laws are in place, and providing pertinent advice to help protect companies from any future problems."

Find the Edge is a business website that is regularly updated with unique knowledge and insights from some of the UK's brightest business minds.

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