Andrew Willshire | 26th October 2021

HR training and development : 5 key reasons to train your HR team

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Andrew Willshire | 26th October 2021

HR training and development : 5 key reasons to train your HR team


HR training and development is crucial to the health and success of every business. Employment law is complex, fast moving and full of thorny issues ready to trip up those working in HR or tasked with HR responsibilities.

5 key reasons to provide HR training

Here are 5 key reasons why those working in HR should be regularly trained on employment law topics:

  1. It will give your HR team confidence. Good, up to date employment law training will equip those in HR to undertake their duties confidently and fairly when faced with complex issues, in line with key employment legislation. It will also increase the confidence staff have in their employer.
  2. It will help contribute to the smooth running of your business and lead to greater efficiency. If left or ignored, performance and sickness issues can lead to long running problems, less productivity and significant periods of absence. Training your HR team will equip them to tackle these complex issues with confidence and without delay, which in turn will help your business become more efficient and productive.
  3. It will help HR deal with difficult processes such as disciplinaries and grievances. It is crucial that employers follow a fair process, their own policies and are aware of recent developments in case law.
  4. It will help avoid employment tribunal claims and successful claims against your business. When HR follow a fair process, it will help avoid employment tribunal claims being issued against the company. Even if a claim is issued, if the employer has acted fairly and in line with best practice, following a fair process will significantly reduce the chances of that claim being successful. Reducing the risk of employment tribunal claims will a) reduce costs associated with tribunal claims and b) reduce management time spent (including witness statements, giving evidence) during the life of a claim.
  5. The Employment Tribunal expect those in HR to receive regular and thorough training. I have written a recent blog regarding the case of Allay (UK) Limited v Gehlen. The key point is that employers are expected to provide regular and up to date equality and diversity training to staff, not only in preventing discrimination in the workplace, but also to show that reasonable steps have been taken to prevent discrimination in the workplace, should a claim be made against them.

In summary, having a well-trained HR team will help create an efficient, well run business where staff are treated fairly and HR can act confidently. Ultimately, it will also reduce the chances of a successful employment tribunal claim against your business.

In house HR Training

The Paris Smith Employment team provide line manager training for businesses on a wide range of employment related matters. We are also able to bring our training sessions in house to your business. These training sessions are an invaluable opportunity for HR managers, line managers and directors to receive training on employment law topics they face on a regular basis. It is also an opportunity for those who attend to ask questions and understand in greater detail how employment law affects them and their role. We believe that there is a great benefit to in house training as those who attend feel comfortable to interact, engage and ask questions.

Topics we offer training on

  • Equality and diversity
  • Disciplinary and grievances
  • Absence management
  • Performance management
  • Managing mental ill health in the workplace
  • Social media in the workplace
  • Harassment in the workplace.

If you would like to discuss our in house training, then please contact a member of the Employment team or visit our website page on in house HR training for more information including costs.