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Employment Law for Employees

Our employment law solicitors have extensive experience in advising employees in connection with a wide range of employment disputes, from internal grievances, appeals and disciplinary matters through to pursuing claims and representation in the Employment Tribunal.

Whether you need guidance in responding to disciplinary allegations, advice on coping with long-term sickness absence, or assistance pursuing a claim against your employer, our team can help.

We advise both employers and employees, and as such we can offer valuable insights into how your situation might look to your employer’s advisers and know how to present your case in the most persuasive way whether that is in trying to resolve your situation through discussions or using your employer’s internal procedures or by bringing a claim in the Employment Tribunal.

Discrimination at Work

The Equality Act 2010, which came (mostly) into force in October 2010, was designed to pull together the various strands of discrimination law and to strengthen the equality law that applies to employment as well as access to everyday services and access to goods. Being discriminated against can be a very distressing experience and can have a big impact on your well-being. Our dedicated work discrimination solicitors are renowned for their ability to break the issues down and to advise you comprehensively in jargon free terms on your rights in the workplace and how best to deal with any discrimination, including any concerns about bullying and harassment.

We are experienced in pursuing claims for sex discrimination, race discrimination, disability discrimination, age discrimination and discrimination on the grounds of religious belief or sexual orientation. We frequently advise victims of discrimination who have been bullied or harassed in the workplace, or those who feel that they are being victimised.

Employment Contracts Advice & Non-Competition Clauses

Your employment contract is an important document which underpins your working relationship with your employer. Our employment contract solicitors are happy to advise you in connection with any aspect of your contract, including advice on interpreting the contents of any contract you are offered, or looking at and advising you on particular clauses if a dispute has, or is about to, arise.

You may have “restrictive covenants” or non-competition clauses in your contract, which restrict what you can do after your employment has ended. Our team is experienced at advising you on the enforceability of those clauses, which depends on the reasonableness of the restrictions, and can fully outline the various options to you.

Employment Tribunal Cases

Employment Tribunals are there to determine disputes between employers and employees and adjudicate when no agreement can be reached. Sometimes, a claim to an Employment Tribunal is inevitable.

Our employment tribunal solicitors are experienced at bringing claims in the Employment Tribunal, from the initial drafting of the claim form, witness evidence and settlement (remedies). We are frequently instructed to pursue claims for wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal (including redundancy), constructive dismissal, discrimination, whistle-blowing, breach of contract, holiday pay, arrears of wages.

Bringing an Employment Tribunal claim can be a stressful and daunting experience. Our team can assist by helping you through the stages, explaining each step in clear and jargon-free terms, representing you throughout the process and working dedicatedly towards a successful outcome on your behalf.

Restructures And Redundancy

Many employers, at one point or another, will consider changing the structure of their business or their workforce. Being at risk of redundancy can be a deeply unsettling and stressful experience for many people but our experienced team will work hard to ensure that you are fully aware of your rights throughout the process.

Our team is well aware of the uncertainties that many individuals face when they are at risk of redundancy and our clear, jargon-free and comprehensive advice will help you to focus on the critical issues and ensure that a fair and proper procedure is followed by your employer.

Settlement Agreements

A settlement agreement (formerly compromise agreement) can be an extremely useful tool when an employment relationship comes to an end, with advantages for employers and employees alike. Such an agreement usually sees an employee receiving a severance sum that might not otherwise be payable, in exchange for which the employee “settles” (or gives up) his or her rights to bring any claim arising out of the employment or its termination.

Our settlement agreement solicitors can advise swiftly and economically on settlement agreements, often negotiating significant increases for our clients. We will comprehensively explain to you the effect of the agreement, look at all of your options and help you decide whether you want to enter into the agreement.

The cost will usually be met in full or in part by your employer.

TUPE

When a business changes hands it can often be a time of great uncertainty and worry for employees. The same applies where a business gains or loses a big contract.

The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations were introduced to provide some security for employees in those circumstances. However, the regulations are complicated and it is often difficult to see whether or how they apply to your situation.

Our experienced employment solicitors can provide you with clear, focused advice regarding this difficult area.

Unfair Dismissal

Losing your job, under any circumstances, can be a very distressing experience. However, if you feel that your dismissal was unfair, unjustified or handled badly, or that you have not received proper notice of your dismissal, it can add to the stress and worry involved.

At Gardner Croft, our specialist employment lawyers have extensive experience of handling a wide range of dismissal claims on behalf of our clients. We are frequently instructed to advise clients who want to appeal against the decision to dismiss them, or who want to pursue claims for unfair dismissal or wrongful dismissal. We work closely with you to ensure that we focus on your desired outcome, whether that may be a settlement with your employer, or pursuing a claim in the Employment Tribunal.

When considering any dismissal claim, it is essential to remember that very tight time limits apply to Employment Tribunal claims so it is extremely important that timely advice is sought at an early stage to avoid being out of time to pursue your potential claims.