Employment law for employees
Most of us spend a considerable proportion of our lives at work. When things at work go wrong, it can be worrying and upsetting. We understand how stressful it can be to face difficulties or changes in the workplace. If you have been dismissed or are going through a disciplinary or grievance process, we are here to listen and to provide support and guidance throughout. You can also turn to us for advice if you are being bullied, harassed or discriminated against at work, or if there are changes on the horizon, such as redundancy, changes to your terms and conditions, or a transfer of your work to another employer.
If you are facing issues at work, we recommend that you seek assistance at an early stage. If addressed swiftly, matters can often be resolved before they escalate to a point where it becomes difficult to remain in work.
If you would like to discuss your current circumstances, we would be delighted to arrange an initial meeting. We will assess your situation and give you clear and straightforward advice on your legal position. We will suggest strategies to help you deal with your situation and resolve matters if possible. We will explain the likely next steps and the potential outcomes. We have in-depth experience of advising employees on day-to-day employment problems and find that our clients feel reassured simply by having us on board, by discussing matters with us and by understanding more about their rights and options.
If you are a senior executive, we will advise you on your contract of employment/service agreement and we can help you to negotiate contractual terms which protect your position whilst striking a balance to safeguard the relationship with your new employer. We can provide detailed advice on restrictive covenants and competition and confidentiality clauses so that you can plan your future career with a full understanding of your obligations. Such a review may be necessary at the end of employment in order to clarify the nature and extent of any applicable post-termination restrictions, but it is also worth considering taking advice on these clauses before employment starts. We are experienced in negotiating executive exits and settlement arrangements, acting swiftly and surely to let you concentrate on your future ventures. Please contact us for more information on the specialist advice and assistance which we can provide to senior executives.
Disciplinary / dismissal
If you have been dismissed and believe that your dismissal was unfair, either because your employer did not go through a proper process or because there was no fair reason for your dismissal, you may be able to raise an Employment Tribunal claim for unfair dismissal.
Alternatively, if you have resigned because of your employer’s conduct (which could be a one-off event or a sustained course of intolerable conduct which has destroyed the employment relationship) you may be able to bring a claim for constructive unfair dismissal.
If you believe that you have been unfairly dismissed or are at risk of dismissal, or if you have resigned and wish to claim constructive unfair dismissal, you should take legal advice at an early stage as Employment Tribunal time limits are short and strictly enforced, and if you fail to raise your claim in time you may be unable to do so later.
Contact us to arrange an initial chat with no obligation. If you decide that you would like us to support and advise you, we’ll discuss your situation with you, give you clear advice on your rights, and support you through your claim, step by step.
If you believe that you have been discriminated against or are being harassed for any of characteristics mentioned above, then you should take advice as soon as possible. Employment Tribunal time limits are short and are strictly enforced and, if you miss the time limit, you may be unable to raise your claim later. If you contact us for advice you’ll find us compassionate, knowledgeable and clear about your options.
Sometimes, redundancy is unavoidable and there may be no funds within the business to pay enhanced redundancy payments. This can happen where a business is closing down. Even then, you need to be sure that your employer has followed a fair and proper redundancy process. We will assess your redundancy situation and let you know if this is the case so that you are fully informed and can be sure that you receive the sums to which you are entitled. Contact us if you would like to arrange an appointment to discuss your entitlements on redundancy.
At a time when there can be uncertainty and financial concerns, we will help you to represent yourself to the best of your ability so that you can be sure that you have done all that you can to exercise your rights with confidence at a time when you may feel vulnerable. Get in touch if you would like more information about how we can assist.
Contracts of employment
Similarly, if your employer is proposing changes to your terms and conditions, our advice will help you to understand your rights as well as your options before agreeing to your employer’s new terms.
Employment Tribunal claims
If you believe that you have grounds for an Employment Tribunal claim, but have not yet raised proceedings, please take advice at an early stage as Employment Tribunal time limits are short and strictly enforced and, if you miss the time limits, you may be unable to raise your claim at a later stage.
For any queries on these topics, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.