HR and Employment Law for your Golf Club

Helping your club avoid HR hazards

HR can be a minefield for any business, but when you have as many elements as you do in a golf club, the risk becomes so much greater. Are you confident that your club is complying with its legal obligations to your maintenance, greenkeepers, hospitality, restaurant, clubhouse and pro-shop staff?

In addition, are you certain that your policies and procedures are watertight in safeguarding both your employees and your club?

With so many different aspects of a golf club and a wide range of employees all with different HR and compliance requirements, employment and HR can quickly become a daunting task.

Support and Guidance for Golf Clubs

A balancing act

The potential cost of an employment claim can be overwhelming, as in the case of a 2021 Employment Tribunal awarding over £2.5 million against the employer for unfair dismissal and disability discrimination. (Barrow v Kellog Brown and Root (UK).

While the above example is an exceptional case, employment tribunal awards are frequently at least 5 figures or more. The risk to any business, particularly golf clubs, is very real. On the other hand, having a full or part-time HR specialist within your club can be a sizable expense. However, there is an alternative and cost-effective solution to having a permanent in-house HR specialist…

Our solution - Aspect HR for Golf Clubs

From dealing with golf clubs, we found that time and time again managers felt pressure on HR and employment issues, struggled with contracts or policies and overall felt a general uncertainty and lack of support with HR. So we decided to do something about it. 

This is why Aspect was created – offering HR Support by HR Lawyers. 

Aspect can provide all the benefits of having an internal HR department at a fraction of the cost.  Working with your golf club, we can provide you with a cost-efficient and highly skilled HR function. We offer packages for a wide range of clubs and for various needs and staffing situations. Be it a single day, a single project or a longer term relationship, we can provide for all your club’s HR requirements.

Aspect delivers a focused, professional, friendly and knowledgeable service at all times. You will be able to talk through any employment law/HR issues and we will support you appropriately, whilst providing any advice you need.

Regulated by the SRA, we operate to the highest standard and offer the unique benefit of protection of legal privilege. 

This means any advice we give you is private and does not need to be disclosed to an employee if they make an application to see any personal data that you hold about them.

Only solicitors or barristers benefit from legal professional privilege, so communication with other HR advisers may have to be disclosed.

So what will Aspect HR actually mean for your golf club?​

  • Keeping you on the right side of employment law
  • Helping you to solve problems with your employees
  • Helping you to improve the performance of your employees

Our professional team will talk to you about your golf club’s goals and your people management practices, providing an assessment of how we can help you. We can, if you wish, visit your premises and review the current personnel documentation you have in place. We will then identify your HR requirements and propose affordable solutions.

An insurance product is available in addition to the advisory and support packages.

Strategic HR service

The strategic service is designed for those who want to invest in building a high performing team. This is a bespoke service, tailored to the individual needs of the practice, so it’s not possible to give detailed content. Possible components are shown for guidance only.

  • Strategic HR review and planning
  • Personal development plans for team members
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Leadership training

On-site Support

Our on-site support can be added to any level of annual subscription as and when required for routine or complex issues including;

  • Management meetings
  • Recruitment and selection activities
  • Disciplinary
  • Grievance
  • Sickness absence issues
  • Employee performance/capability issues

How we help support your golf club

Advisers who understand your golf club: as your regular adviser we will know your golf club inside out, so you won’t need to waste time explaining background details every time you call for advice or support on an employee-related issue.

The protection of legal privilege: this privilege (which only applies to solicitors and barristers) ensures that any advice that we give you cannot be disclosed to an employee. Advice given by other HR advisers will not benefit from legal professional privilege.

A long-term reduction in your overall spend on employee related matters: good HR advice will help reduce your costs by getting things right first time. Using our services saves your golf club both time and money.

A proactive service: we will work pro-actively with you rather than just react to problems. Regular contact between us will help pick up on issues at an early stage, making them easier and quicker to resolve.

Improved performance from staff: employees perform best when they are clear about what they are required to do, are trained to do it and feel rewarded and valued. Good HR support will ensure you have all the necessary processes in place.

Experts: all telephone and written advice is provided by specialist employment law solicitors.

Improved communication with staff: employees who understand the expectations and aims of your golf club.

 A stable workforce: employees who remain with the golf club for the long-term, which ultimately saves the golf club money in recruitment and training costs.

Legal updates: we will update your policies, procedures and documents in line with changes in employment legislation.

A reduction in your risk of an employment-related claim: by ensuring your HR policies are legally compliant, consistent and understood, you will reduce the number of problems that arise and be able to deal efficiently and effectively with those that do.

A friendly, professional service: you will receive a personal service and we will make complicated processes easy to follow, whilst ensuring everything is done properly, efficiently and compliantly in a professional, friendly and knowledgeable way.

Your next steps

All our clients are unique, so for a free no obligation call with one of our qualified HR specialists, please fill out the form below.We’ll send you our full brochure straight away, and we’ll be in touch to discuss your needs soon.

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What our partners say about us

“We’ve been working with Rubric Law for the last couple of years and always found their advice, service and timeliness of response to be excellent. We’ve worked with Rubric on a number of internal matters, all of which have been resolved without issue and with a positive outcome. We’re also very pleased with the service offered to our members, many of whom have already benefitted from the expertise provided by the team.” 

Tom Brooke, CEO of the Golf Club Managers' Association