The leading London law firm is working with the Equestrian Employer’s Association to share ethical employment practices to help achieve ongoing sustainability and growth
The Employment team at Hodge Jones & Allen Solicitors is supporting the Equestrian Employers’ Association (EEA), the leading membership organisation for those employing staff in the equestrian industry.
This partnership comes at a time when both employers and employees need as much guidance as possible as we work our way out of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and the impact of Brexit-related legislation.
Employment law solicitor, Neil Emery is working with the EEA to ensure that its contracts, policies and procedures are made available to its members, are up to date, and is also assisting with enquiries when issues arise.
With nearly 20 years’ experience acting for individuals and businesses, Neil has expertise across all areas of employment law, from contracts to complex litigation in Employment and Employment Appeal Tribunals. He is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and a regular speaker for the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CIPD).
The EEA is a non-profit social enterprise for this under-served industry which, according to the latest National Equestrian Survey, is worth £4.7billion to the UK economy1. Its priority is to ensure its members support their staff, and provide advice and education on improving the standard of employment within the industry.
The day to day work of the Association highlights the importance of being a good and ethical employer, while also ensuring that businesses are sustainable, profitable and successful.
Commenting on the partnership Lucy Katan, Chief Executive of the Equestrian Employers’ Association said: “Whilst many of the EEA’s events have been postponed due to the pandemic, including their annual AGM, Neil and his colleagues at Hodge Jones & Allen are looking forward to further supporting future EEA events both virtual and face-to-face. In addition, assisting members with their employment law issues wherever possible and raising the profile of the common issues faced by those working in the equine world.
Speaking on his work with the EEA, Neil said, “Too often, businesses see employment law as a hassle. In reality, it is there to protect everyone, both employer and employees, enabling companies to grow and thrive, while also ensuring that their staff are looked after.
“The equine industry in particular is very large and varied, and often not given the consideration it deserves. It is imperative that employers and employees alike have proper education and support and I want to ensure that everyone feels that their issues are being dealt with fairly – from discrimination and diversity to redundancies and restructuring.”
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