17 May 2020
UK Employment Law Solicitors
COVID-19 and Employee Rights – Employment Law Solicitors in London. The workplace is where we spend most of our adult life, so any disputes or frustrations with your employer can have a large impact on your home life, too.
Unfair Dismissal Claims
You can make an unfair dismissal claim if your employer dismisses you without good reason. If they fail to follow the company’s own formal dismissal procedure or breach your statutory rights, you could also make a claim for unfair dismissal.
It is important to note that employees can only claim unfair dismissal after two years of service, unless the claim concerns discrimination or harassment.
A dismissal will automatically be deemed unfair if:
- You asked for flexible working
- You refused to give up working time rights
- You joined a trade union
- You took part in legal industrial action within the last three months
- You applied for parental leave or were on parental leave
- You exposed wrongdoing
If your dismissal is classed as automatically unfair our employment solicitors can likely help you put forward an unfair dismissal claim.
Wrongful dismissal claims
If your employer breaches the terms of termination in your employment contract, we can help you can claim for wrongful dismissal. It does not matter how long you have been at the company, because wrongful dismissal claims can proceed to employment tribunal after any length of employment.
Constructive Dismissal Claims
If you had no choice but to leave your job due to your employer’s poor conduct – and had been with them for two years or more – you can claim constructive dismissal.
Poor conduct could include them:
- Suddenly holding back your pay
- Demoting you without reason
- Allowing other employees to harass and discriminate against you
- Forcing unreasonable changes, such as significant changes to your working hours
If you have been made redundant and you feel your employer did not follow the correct procedures – or if you feel that redundancy wasn’t the real reason you were dismissed – you may be able to make a compensation claim.
We believe that everyone’s redundancy should be handled in a fair, genuine, and respectable way. If yours wasn’t, we’ll support you every step of the way, getting you the outcome, you deserve.
Discrimination at Work
Discrimination and harassment in the workplace are against the law. If you feel harassed or unfairly treated based on the discriminatory attitudes of your employer, you can claim for unfair dismissal.
Unlike standard unfair dismissal claims, ones that involve complaints of discrimination or harassment do not require you to have been with the company for two or more years.
Settlement agreements are a legally binding solution that let employees and employers end the contract in a way that benefits them both.
If an employer does not have grounds for dismissal but feels like they aren’t profiting from employing a particular member of staff, they may suggest a settlement agreement. This would release the employee from their duties in a lawful and amicable way.
Understanding Employment Law
UK employment law regulates the relations between employers, employees, and trade unions, ensuring all workers are treated fairly and guaranteed a safe work environment.
What employment law solicitors can help you with
Employment law covers all aspects of employment. Most importantly it includes regulation on:
- Minimum pay
- Working hours
- Parental leave
- Employment contracts
- Disciplinary and grievance procedures
- Probation and notice periods
- Health and safety
- Transfers of undertakings
- Discrimination in the workplace
If you think your employer has broken UK employment law, we can help you bring them to justice.
UK employment tribunals
Under UK employment law, employees have the right to make a claim against their employer if there is a dispute between them. Most employment claims are handled by an employment tribunal and employees are not charged fees for doing so.
For a claim to be accepted, it has to meet certain requirements. One of the most important is the time frame in which you do it. There are strict time restrictions set out in which an employee can make a claim after an event has happened. This is usually three or six months.
You need to consider all the evidence that you, and the company, will be able to provide at the tribunal.
Without evidence to back up your arguments, you could find that your claim is rejected.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are employment laws in the UK related to discrimination?
You cannot discriminate against anyone applying for a job on the grounds of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment or identity, marital status or civil partnership, pregnancy, maternity or having children, race, religion or belief or sexual orientation. There are loads and loads if legislation under various acts that cover this.
What does employment law cover in the UK?
In the United Kingdom, employment law covers all matters and grievances relating to the workplace.
The primary concern of the UK labour law’s, especially under the Employment Rights Act 1996, is to ensure that every working individual has a minimum charter of rights in their place of work.
While the employment law covers the individual rights and obligations of employed personnel, it also deals with the obligations, rights, and duties of the employers, covering matters of legislation, regulations of conduct, and statutory authorities.
Overall, employment law helps establish legal ground rules relating to the hiring of resources, recruitment process, advertising of job openings, new joining formalities, promotions and movement of employees, remuneration, the benefits and perks, voluntary exits, and litigation, and even organisation restructuring.
Among the non-contentious work, the UK employment law usually focuses on providing advice, dispute resolution through negotiations and arbitration, and drafting transactional tasks.
On the other hand, the law also covers the various aspects of contentious work including unfair dismissal, harassment, breach of contracts, redundancy/lay-off and discrimination on the grounds of age, religion, sex, and disability.