The British Veterinary Association announces “enhanced” employment law and human resources service for its employer members to “balance” the legal support already offered to employee members.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has announced it has developed an “enhanced” employment law and human resources service for its employer members.

The BVA said it hopes the new service for employers will balance with the legal service already offered to its employee members.According to the BVA, the service is being offered to “balance” the legal support already offered to its employee members, and means, like employees, any employer cases discussed on the association’s legal advice telephone line can be referred to expert legal advisors, who will offer “unlimited advice and assistance” on employment law and related human resources issues.

The service, said the BVA, is provided on a case-by-case basis with what it calls “unlimited” telephone and email support, which it hopes will ensure accurate documentation is produced and that all actions comply with current employment law.

BVA president Peter Jones said: “Since launching our extended legal services for employee members in 2010, we have been looking at the best ways to provide support for employer members. The need for additional support was also strongly highlighted in our member research project last year.
“The new service will help employer members to deal with some of the more difficult legal and HR aspects of running a practice and will work alongside existing BVA workplace publications, disciplinary videos and CPD courses. Together they provide a robust framework for dealing with employment issues.

“Creating a professional and supportive workplace is vital to a successful practice,” he said.

The service is provided separately to the employee representation services, said the association.

The free BVA legal advice line is available to all BVA members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information, visit the BVA’s website.

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