Five Most Common Employment Law Myths Revealed

Government Could Do More to Help Dispel Misinformation About Employment Law

20.06.2014

David Shirt, Press Officer | 0161 838 3094

Law firm, Irwin Mitchell, has revealed the five most common employment law myths in the UK and called on the Government to do more to give clear guidance about legal issues in the workplace.

According to the national firm, many businesses are not fully aware of the key employment law rights and obligations and as a result, are at risk of making decisions which are unlawful and could lead to expensive legal claims against them.

Analysis of the feedback which the firm has received over the past 12 months from the hundreds of businesses using its fixed cost employment law service, IMHRplus, Irwin Mitchell has identified what it believes are the top five employment law myths which currently exist within UK companies. In order of the most common, these are:

Myth 1 - In order to avoid claims when dismissing an employee you must follow a particular procedure and are safe from claims as long as you do so.

Myth 2 - Parents have the right to work part time.

Myth 3 - You can’t make a woman on maternity leave redundant.

Myth 4 - Employers must provide a reference to employees who are leaving.

Myth 5 – It is not possible to retire employees anymore.