At Weightmans, our industry experts understand the difficulties the manufacturing sector is experiencing, in balancing the interests of your organisation with the needs of your employees, in a challenging economic climate.
Our HR Rely advisors appreciate that manufacturing is an industry that never sleeps, and that keeping production going will always be your first concern. Our team of experts in manufacturing employment law will support you in the recruitment and retention of sufficient skilled staff, managing levels of sickness absence, managing the performance of junior and senior managers, negotiating with trade unions and employee representatives, reorganisation and redundancy and a host of other employment issues that regularly arise on the factory floor or behind the scenes.
On a daily basis, we provide support to manufacturing companies of all sizes and talk to all levels of personnel: from company owners and Directors to managers and HR professionals.
Our HR Rely team includes employment lawyers with more than 80 years sector-specific experience, providing a deep understanding of specific challenges facing manufacturing employers. We get to know your business and values, to provide your company with seamless and trusted advice.
We deliver a high-quality personal service to your managers and HR professionals, ensuring we give practically focused, strategic advice. This can include advice on managing relationships with unions and handling your public communications.
Your Client Relationship Owner (CRO) will ensure total continuity of service. They will work to understand your key strategic aims, and tailor our approach to meet your needs. Your CRO will focus on supporting your business to achieve your objectives within costs agreed with you.
Our HR Rely team is flexible, available and supports our clients to address their issues confidently and quickly. Our service is demand-led to meet significant peaks and troughs of activity.
We operate a dedicated HR helpline service to answer any day-to-day queries that arise. We find that the majority of issues fall with the scope of the retainer and that our early advice helps to mitigate against bigger issues down the line.
You can choose whether you want your HR team to liaise with us every time, or whether you would prefer to free-up valuable HR time by asking us to support your managers directly. Either way, our advisors will be on the lookout for any recurring issues and provide upskilling tips to help you grow.
Whilst we work with you closely to avoid employment tribunal claims, they will inevitably, occasionally arise. You can be assured that, at the outset of each case, we will review the claim and advise on the legal issues and the relevant evidence that needs to be collated, as well as identifying the witnesses. As early as is reasonably practicable, we provide an initial assessment of the merits and potential quantum of compensation as well as giving advice about other relevant factors such as potential reputational damage, policy, and strategic implications.
The range of our work with manufacturing clients covers all aspects of employment relations and employment law advice. Recent examples include:
Our three-tier menu offering enables you to choose the right support package that works for best for your business. Your CRO will be able to help guide you through the process.