Employment law has undergone rapid changes in the last few years which has provided greater protection for both employers and employees alike, for example,
greater protection for employees in relation to discrimination on the grounds of age, sex, race, disability,religion or belief,
The Employment Act 2002 introduced:
statutory minimum dismissal, disciplinary and grievance procedures for all companies no matter what the size.
new rights in respect of maternity and paternity leave
new rights in respect of flexible working
revised regulations (Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 which give greater protection to employees of when their employer changes as a result of a transfer of undertaking
Despite these changes, employment law is still being developed and still changing at a rapid rate.
Our employment team at Samuels has vast experience in acting on all employment matters, for both employers and employees alike and have held a number of seminars in relation to new legislation taking effect.
Our employment solicitors keep abreast with the changes to employment law to ensure our clients are given only the best expert advice.
If you are an employer we can advise and assist you in relation to all employment matters including, for example;
drafting of contracts of employment
changes to the terms and conditions of current employment
dismissals and other procedures
Defending /representation at Tribunals
health and safety issues
breach of contract claims
If you are an employee, we can advise and assist in relation to:
potential unfair dismissal claims
Representation at Tribunals
changes to the terms of your employment
maternity and paternity rights
harassment, sexual or otherwise
The lists are not exhaustive.
In relation to employee matters we are also happy to consider undertaking work on a Contingency fee basis dependant on the facts of each individual case.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
I have an underperforming employee, what can I do?
This is one of the most difficult problems to deal with. A proper capability procedure, and a thorough knowledge of disciplinary and dismissal law is necessary. Contact us as soon as possible.
My employee is off sick more than anyone else, what can I do?
Sickness absence is a minefield. Whether the absence genuine or not determines the correct procedure to use, but you must tread carefully. The utmost consideration must be given to potential disabilities, and the correct inquiries of your employee made.
My employer is trying to ““ease me out””, do I have to stand for this?
Big changes to ““constructive dismissal”” means you must follow a procedure before resigning. In circumstances like these, we can often recover compensation for you, but only if you contact us early enough, preferably before you resign.
We have a proven track record in employment law and run a number of Employment law seminars on the subject.
We give advice to a number of employers, large and small, to keep them updated in the fast changing field of work.
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