Looking forwards to the ‘New Normal’
The Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) are working in collaboration with the British Grooms Association (BGA) to create a ‘new normal’ for correct employment in the equestrian industry as they urge both employers and employees to modernise and protect themselves and their businesses.
The pandemic has highlighted the need for modernisation as many grooms and employers found themselves ineligible for funding or government support due to incorrect and illegal employment practices.
This is turn has a huge economic impact on the industry and raises concerns about the viability of the future of many establishments.
With the focus on three key points: correct employment status, the issuing of written employment contracts and being correctly registered with HMRC, the EEA and BGA are asking everyone within the industry to work together and pledge to make the changes required.
“A recent poll revealed that 45% of employed grooms do not have a written statement of particulars (contract), despite this being the law on or before the start date of employment. This figure has dropped from the previously reported 56%, but we still have a long way to go. I urge all grooms to be more aware, take responsibility of their own situation and have the confidence not to accept jobs that are substandard.”
Lucy Katan, Executive Director of the BGA
"We know that the pandemic has hit many equestrian businesses hard and so we must look ahead in order to protect our businesses and future proof our industry as a whole. By working together we can create a 'new normal'. Our research shows that positive employment changes are happening, but we still have a long way to go. I would encourage all business owners to utilise the tools available on the EEA to ensure correct employment."
Tullis Matson, President of the EEA
Take the pledge to make the changes today. For employment advice for grooms go to britishgrooms.org.uk. Advice and a complete HR toolkit is available for employers at equestrianemployers.org.uk.
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