It is your employer’s duty to provide a safe working environment for you, which includes reasonably mitigating any risks, removing hazards, taking complaints seriously, treating all employees fairly, and ensuring the workplace that is free from bullying, discrimination and harassment.
Your rights as an employee are protected under the Employment Rights Act 1996 regardless of the industry or business you work in. The sets of rights afforded to you may differ depending on the nature of your employment, but there are certain protections in place universally for all workers. You will also be afforded rights that look to protect your health or that allows you temporary leave to care for another person, for example.
Our team can support with the following employment law areas:
- Bullying in the workplace
- Compromise/Settlement Agreements
- Contracts of employment
- Discrimination at work
- Disciplinary and grievance procedures
- Dismissal and Employment Tribunals
- Equal pay
- Maternity and paternity rights
- Unfair treatment at work
- Unlawful deductions to pay
We provide practical and confidential employment law advice for those looking to dispel doubts, resolve grievances, or have their rights recognised. If you’re unsure whether you need to speak with an employment lawyer, take advantage of our Free Initial Assessment with no obligation to instruct.
Our team are here to help whatever your employment law matter. Contact us today on 020 8355 0830.
One of the areas of employment law we can support with is employment contract disputes. In some cases, you may be able to resolve the dispute informally by speaking with your manager directly. In situations where you don’t feel comfortable speaking with your manager, ask to speak with a senior manager or a HR representative.
If you feel your concerns are not being taken seriously, the matter cannot be resolved, or you’re not satisfied with the proposed resolution, you also have the option of raising a formal grievance. How you do that might be set out in your employment contract, which is something we can provide advice on and practical guidance with.
Our team will clearly explain the steps involved in the grievance process, can arrange a formal meeting with your employer to discuss the matter and can be in attendance at that meeting as your representative, and can detail how best to appeal a decision if necessary. By seeking advice early, this can help to alleviate any concerns or mounting tensions. We appreciate you may be continuing to work throughout the disagreement, and so will take care to address the matter firmly, yet sensitively.
Some of the more common employment contract disputes we advise on include:
- Holiday leave
- Initial negotiation or renegotiation of an employment contract
- Maternity or paternity leave
- Notice periods
- Post termination restrictions, such as a non-compete clause
- Sickness absence
- Special clauses, such as a break clause
- TUPE, i.e. outgoing/incoming employer protections
- Variation of terms