Employers need to take care to ensure obese employees don't file a suit if they feel they have been discriminated against and the right policies help to prevent this, reports AerisEmploymentLaw.com
Birmingham, West Midlands -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/12/2015 -- According to WHO estimates, 10 to 30 percent of adults in European Union countries qualify as obese. In addition, 30 to 70 percent of adults in these countries are overweight. Employers need to take note of this as the European Court has now declared that obesity may rise to the level of a disability when it satisfies the criteria to equal an impairment. Employers must be vigilant when it comes to signs of problems relating to the health and welfare of all employees, including those who are overweight or obese. If a question arises concerning an employee and his or her weight. Aeris Employment Law (http://aerisemploymentlaw.com) may be of assistance.
"When accused of an unfair dismissal, employers face heavy penalties. The employer will be looking at paying either 12 months gross salary to the employee or £76,574, the lower of the two amounts, if they are found guilty of unfairly releasing an employee. This may come in the form of performance and sickness absence management suits, discrimination suits and more. No matter where one feels they may need assistance to ensure they don't incur this type of penalty, our employment law solicitors Birmingham may be of aid," Karin Henson, spokesperson for Aeris Employment Law, explains.
The firm offers a variety of packages to assist employers in protecting themselves from obesity claims and other challenges. To achieve this goal, the employer and law firm work together to put documents and processes in place to counteract challenges. The firm offers a variety of packages to meet the needs of all clients.
Henson states the basic package involves establishing a core contract, disciplinary and grievance policy and one may choose to add a core contract and basic handbook on to this package. The contract and handbook incorporate these grievance and disciplinary policies. Those who feel they need more may opt for the above resources while also adding in a full set of family friendly policies.
Some corporations feel they need to take this protection even further and Aeris Employment Law offers packages to allow them to do so. Those who need more may opt for a package which includes the core contract and disciplinary and grievance policies along with standard disciplinary documents designed to cover suspension, outcome and decision letters. For those who wish to have the ultimate protection, a package is offered with all of the above items, including the family friendly policies, for a fixed price. Many employers choose this option as they want to obtain the highest level of protection available.
"Make use of our employment law services in Birmingham before a problem arises. With numerous employees in a corporation, one may find it difficult to monitor the health and weight of each. Having the right foundation in place reduces the risk of a suit being filed and subsequently lost. The sooner this foundation is in place, the sooner an employer can rest at ease knowing he or she has protected their company's financial position," Henson declares.
About Aeris Employment Law
Aeris Employment Law offers services to companies and employees in need of support and guidance when it comes to employment issues. The client is key at all times and receives pragmatic advice and support, with the firm taking individual and business needs into account. The company also offers bespoke training and strategic HR support to meet the needs of all.