A tidal wave of changes to employment law and rising compensation payments have prompted a leading firm of solicitors to introduce a scheme aimed at protecting golf clubs from claims by disgruntled employees. Law firm Kippax Beaumont Lewis has launched the Employment Protection Scheme, the only one backed by the National Golf Clubs Advisory Association (NGCAA).
It provides golf club owners and managers with immediate access to legal advice via a telephone help line and also funds the cost of mounting a legal defence should the club be taken to court or tribunal.
Underwritten by Royal & Sun Alliance, the scheme also covers the club for any awards of compensation and damages that may be incurred. Partner Martin Kippax explains, “The past few years have seen an unprecedented number of changes to employment law. Proprietors and managers of golf clubs are having a real job keeping up to speed with the latest regulations. It’s become a real minefield.
“Sadly, more employees than ever are being tempted to take their bosses to court. Given the high number of people employed at most golf clubs and the general rise in litigation, it’s a harsh fact that most clubs will probably face a claim sooner or later. Our scheme is there to provide assurance and advice – whether it’s a claim for unfair dismissal through to a simple query about an employment contract.
“It’s much cheaper than seeking advice from a solicitor on an ad hoc basis and provides the right type of expertise just when it’s needed. Basically, it’s like having an in-house legal team at the club.
“Ultimately, our service aims to protect a club against any litigation by ensuring they comply with all regulations, but has the added benefit of covering the cost of litigation should this be necessary.”
KBL has extensive experience in golf and currently advises many national and local clubs. Clubs are charged a monthly premium for subscribing to the Employment Protection Scheme. The premium is based on a club’s annual pay roll and can include operational franchise staff.
For further information about the scheme contact Martin Kippax or Fiona Holdsworth on 01204 527777 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org