Problems at work can be unsettling at best. At worst they can become an all-consuming source of worry, with potentially serious and long-term consequences.
Our team of employment lawyers have the expertise to take control of your situation. Trust us to help you find the right solution at the right time. Outlined below are some of the areas in which we may be able to help.
Employers have a right to discipline staff for the way they behave or perform at work. However, this is subject to rules designed to make sure that employees are treated fairly. If you are about to face disciplinary action; are going through a disciplinary process; or have been disciplined at work (whether or not that led to your dismissal) then get some legal advice on your position. We can help ensure that your best case is put forward and that your treatment is fair. If it is not we will advise on what you can do about it.
Reasonableness and procedure. Employers and employees should recognise these as being the cornerstone of a fair workplace. If you have lost your job – perhaps after a disciplinary hearing or because of cut-backs - and feel that your employer did not deal properly with the situation then you may be able to bring an unfair dismissal claim at an Employment Tribunal. Subject to certain exceptions, you must have worked for your employer for at least two years, and you only have a very limited time in which to bring the claim. Talk to us straight away and we will tell you about your options.
The prospect of being made redundant can be daunting. It can bring insecurity and worry about the future and it can challenge your relationships with those around you. We recognise these pressures. If your job is at risk of redundancy or you are already going through the redundancy process, we can help make sure that your employer is treating you fairly and that you receive all the sums due to you. With our help, you can be well-placed to move on with your life and your career.
People are treated differently at work for all sorts of reasons. However, when the different treatment is because of a person’s disability, sex, race, age, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or civil partnership or marriage, there could be a right to complain. If you think that you have been disadvantaged because of something your employer has done, or not done, and this relates to one or more of the characteristics we have listed here, we will advise you on the steps you could take to put things right.
If you are unhappy about the way you are being treated at work, either by your employer or another member of staff, it is important to let your employer know as soon as you can. We can advise you on the best way of going about this, and help you through the grievance process with a view to getting the issues resolved quickly and informally.
There are some myths about Tribunals. One is that they are an informal version of a court. The truth is that anyone who is set to appear in a Tribunal must expect rules, procedures and an environment in which facts, recollections and arguments are challenged. We represent clients in Tribunals throughout the UK and know how to build and put forward the best cases, as well as advising on what to expect before, during and after the process.
No one should have to live with being harassed at work. Any kind of intimidating behaviour, including picking on someone or undermining them counts as harassment, irrespective of whether it is done face-to-face, by telephone or in writing. If you feel that you are being harassed at work, let us help you do something about it. The ACAS website gives more advice about harassment and bullying in the workplace.
Employers do not like the idea of an employment-related claim hanging over them once an employee has left. A compromise agreement is a way of an employer getting certainty and the employee receiving something in return for agreeing not to bring certain claims in the future. We can help you negotiate your exit and maximise the amount of money you receive from your employer. It is also our job to advise on the terms of any compromise and to make sure that you are happy with the deal you are getting.
You can choose to retire at any time. However, your employer cannot force you to retire without firstly having a good business reason. If your employer is talking to you about retirement then it is a good idea to involve us. We will advise you on your rights and how to get the outcome you are looking for.
Maternity, Paternity & Flexible Working Issues
Taking on the responsibility of caring for someone, whether a child or an adult, forces change. Balancing home and work life can be a real challenge. It makes sense to get to grips with your legal right to ask your employer for time off, or for changes to your working pattern. We can advise on the options and help put in place the arrangements that work for you and your employer.
Men and women who are doing the same sort of work, of equal value, must get the same pay. Assessing the value of someone’s work and measuring that against a comparator can be a complex and delicate process. It is important to get employment law advice before raising the issue with your employer.
Breach Of Contract
Employers must provide employees with a Statement of Terms and Conditions, setting out their respective rights and obligations. When either breaches that contract - for example an employee divulges confidential information to a competitive business, or an employer refuses to pay a guaranteed bonus – a court or Tribunal claim could follow. If you are unsure of what you can and cannot do under your employment contract; have been accused of breaching your contract; or think that your employer may be in breach, talk to us as soon as possible. We are experienced in resolving such issues quickly, avoiding litigation wherever possible.