Employment Law Courses; Through The Legal Minefield
Taking a course in employment law is a great idea, not only for people who work in the legal sector, but for business owners who want to make sure that they are treating their employees fairly, and legally.
It can be very easy to go wrong when dealing with employment matters; you don’t have time to read every single piece of employment legislation when dealing with employees. Especially if you own a small business with one or two employees.
Getting advice from a solicitor over every single legal query is going to be very expensive.
This is where taking a course becomes a real investment. You won’t learn the exact details of the law, rather what you can or can’t do. You will learn to stay legally safe. Of course this depends on the type of course you actually do.
There will be courses just aimed at business owners, and others aimed at solicitors who want to increase their knowledge of employment legislation.
Some courses are even offered online or via distance learning which means you can easily fit the course in around your free time. Being taught face to face by a fully qualified tutor does have its advantages though; it usually means you gain a more complete understanding. You can ask extra questions, gain access to more resources and perhaps have the teaching tailored to your exact requirements.
What will I learn on an employment law course?
As stated before this depends loads on the type of course you’re doing. We will look at a typical employment law course for businesses or small business owners. You can expect to learn about the following topics:
- Health & safety basics
- ACAS code of practice
- Immigration law
- Data protection
- Trade unions
- Equal pay & discrimination
- Employment contracts
- Types of employment
- Tribunals & discipline procedure
Specialist courses could focus on a single element of the above list. For example a employment contract course could be useful for a HR department and legal health and safety training would be beneficial to a warehouse manager.
What should I look for when choosing a provider?
The main aim of the course should be to learn enough law to steer clear of any dispute an employee could bring in the future. Or if a dispute does arise, to learn how to deal with it in the proper way. So knowledge gained, rather than any qualification which looks good on paper should be the primary reason for doing the course.
Much of the time these elements are closely linked. If you’re being taught by a solicitor then it’s likely the course will be accredited by a legal body.
The most important element to look for is the person who is providing the training. Would you consider them an expert? You should also look for resources from the course provider which will assist you after the course completion.
These are things like books, videos, podcasts and online or offline documents. These will be beneficial as a reference or to give yourself a “refresher” in the future. You can also use some of the materials in any in-house training you provide.
So to conclude, while a recognised qualification is a bonus, it’s not necessary. Simply make sure you’re being taught by experts in the field and you’re been given lots of high quality course materials.
Who offers the course?
The following institutions provide the course. Just because a provider is listed here doesn’t mean we endorse the course. This isn’t an exhaustive list.
- Citizen Advice Bureaux
- Hemsley Fraser
- Reed Learning