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Welsh businesses could save thousands of pounds in legal fees following the creation of a new employment law focused professional development programme by leading Cardiff law firm, Capital Law.

The Employment Law Diploma covers day to day employment law fundamentals, including recruitment, absence, discipline, performance and business change.

Run in conjunction with the Centre for Professional Legal Studies, Capital Law created the course to offer a cost-effective alternative to the CIPD qualification in employment law, while also protecting businesses from costly tribunal claims and wasted management time.

Designed with HR teams and small businesses in mind, the diploma is suited to those who regularly handle HR and employment law issues. The course provides pragmatic advice and solutions for a number of workforce related matters including recruitment.

This module will involve looking at the legalities surrounding job advertising and the restrictions around wording. It will also cover pre-employment checks as well as updates to immigration law which could impact workplaces where overseas workers are employed.

Staff absences will also be covered and will examine staff sickness rights, unauthorised absences, maternity/paternity leave and other reasons for staff absences, as well as the associated elements of employment law employers should be aware of.

Richard Thomas, employment lawyer and partner at Capital Law, commented on the launch of the initiative:

“The Capital Employment Law Diploma was specifically created to help businesses identify and proactively manage areas of risk within an organisation and to truly protect the growing number of businesses impacted by costly tribunal claims and the knock-on effect this has on senior management. It also offers delegates the opportunity to consult with a legal expert on specific challenges as part of the course and to learn from fellow delegates’ experiences.”

A number of businesses have already secured qualifications through the course including Admiral.

Ceri Assiratti, People Services Manager at the car insurance specialist, said:

“The content and delivery of the programme is excellent. Feedback from those attending was so positive that we asked Capital Law to run a bespoke programme specifically for Admiral so that we could cater for a much larger group.

“An unexpected benefit we have found from the course is that it is very practical, so much so that our team started using what they had learnt immediately, even before they completed the programme.”