Ellis Whittam, one of the UK’s leading fixed-fee employment law, HR and health & safety specialists, has been appointed by Isuzu Truck (UK) to provide the company with employment law advice, HR support and health & safety support. Isuzu Motors Japan is one of the largest truck manufacturers in the world and to be retained to work for its UK distributor is a significant appointment for Ellis Whittam.
The three-year contract with Isuzu Truck (UK) involves the personnel at the company’s head office, training and technical centre site in Hatfield which employs approximately 50 people. Management at the site will have access to advice on employment law, HR and health and safety issues.
The appointment of Ellis Whittam will give Isuzu’s management access to advice and guidance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via telephone, email or online. The service means that they will receive guidance, interpretation and advice on the law in important areas such as absence and sickness, contracts of employment, holiday entitlement, disciplinary and grievance procedure as well as flexible working.
Using Ellis Whittam’s Health & Safety Support service will help ensure that Isuzu’s managers comply with the UK’s health & safety laws. The service gives unlimited health and safety advice and assistance as well as a dedicated consultant to support the business. Ellis Whittam will complete regular audits and risk assessments and act as a competent person for Isuzu as required by the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. All health & safety documents, including a safety policy and handbook, will be drafted and conveniently stored on a dedicated section of Ellis Whittam’s website along with regular health & safety updates.
Ellis Whittam has a team dedicated to supporting Isuzu made up of lawyers and HR experts who have a wealth of experience in dealing with organisations of all types and sizes. The advice offered will be totally confidential, practical and easy to follow, and each manager will be allocated their own highly qualified legal expert who understands the automotive sector and their individual needs.
Nikki King, Managing Director of Isuzu Truck (UK) comments; “This is an important service that will assist us in managing our people and our health & safety agenda with the support of quality professionals. We were attracted to Ellis Whittam for several reasons but particularly we are looking forward to working with a company that shares our strong customer care ethic. I anticipate that we will develop an excellent working relationship with them going forward as a result.”
Deven Thakrar, Chief Executive Officer at Ellis Whittam, comments; “This is a very exciting new contract and we are proud and delighted to be working in partnership with such a highly prestigious name within the automotive industry.
“We believe that Isuzu’s decision to work with Ellis Whittam is illustrative of a flight to quality in the HR support marketplace. Organisations are increasingly looking to improve the quality of service and real value that can be added to their employment expertise. We are looking forward to providing Isuzu with our high quality service and supporting its managers with individual and diverse employment law, HR and Health & Safety needs.”
Isuzu managers will also have access to Ellis Whittam’s online employment law/HR resource where they can access and download personalised employment law information, staff books and other associated support materials.
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