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For Employers and Employees
We provide frank, realistic and practical advice to employers and employees alike.
We have a good success rate in court and tribunal claims, which we achieved by being completely open from the beginning about the chances of success and the costs and time involved, to help clients decide whether their cases are worth pursuing.
If you are an employer, even if you are fortunate enough not to have yet experienced an employment claim, we can appraise your current contracts and procedures and offer invaluable advise on how to avoid claims arising in the first place
Changes in Legislation - How do they Affect You?
The legal rights of employees have probably grown faster than any other area of law in the past few years, and are gradually being extended to many self-employed, agency and temporary workers too, under European Community Directives.
It may surprise you, but unfair dismissal claims are often decided mainly on whether the employer followed the recommended disciplinary and appeal procedures, not on whether the employee was actually guilty of misconduct. You may be equally surprised to learn that the law often requires employers facing discrimination claims to prove that they did not discriminate, in effect, to prove their innocence.
If you are an employer, it is not enough simply to treat everyone fairly and equally to avoid unfair dismissal and discrimination claims, although this is often a good starting point. We can advise employers, including those in small family businesses and farms, as well as larger companies, on how the changing legislation affects them. This will include suggesting practical changes (such as the preparation of good written disciplinary and grievance procedures), which will immediately and greatly reduce your risk of costly claims.
We are also experienced in offering advice to employees. We do not offer legal aid. However, even if you are on a limited budget, do please contact us to discuss whether we can help you, or can recommend someone else who can.
Areas of Expertise
If you are an employee or employer we are able to offer advise in these areas:-
Hours of work, holiday entitlement and sick pay
Contracts and Conditions of Service for employees , directors and consultants , including e.g. how far it is legal to restrict ex-mployees' ability to set up in competition with their former employers
Employees' rights on the sale or liquidation of a business
Maternity and parental leave rights.
Discrimination - the law bans discrimination on grounds of a ge, sex, race, disability, religion and 'sexual orientation' e.g. homosexuality .
The rights of both sides where an employee is on long-term sick leave , and the employer is considering terminating their employment on health grounds.
Monitoring employees' computer and telephone use at work, and rights to privacy
For more information, please telephone
us on 020 3417 6552 or on our emergency numbers 07956 442 471 or 07877 474 270