Employment Law for Employees
Our employment solicitors have experience working on a wide variety on a range of cases on behalf of employees. We work closely with you to achieve the best possible outcome, providing prompt, and practical legal advice to all levels of employees.
We are skilled in employment dispute resolution and in most cases aim to settle your matter via a Compromise Agreement, without the need for litigation. This approach helps to reduce your legal fees, but we will fight determinedly to achieve your goals.
Arnold Greenwood Solicitors have an excellent reputation in Kendal and are well known for our expert, cost-effective legal advice on employment law, including:
Bullying & Harassment
This is obviously an emotional matter and our solicitors will deal with your situation sensitively and confidentially. We will establish what you want to achieve through the proceedings and advise on the best possible route, whether this is via internal procedures, employment tribunal, or negotiating an amicable resolution.
Often termination of employment can be counter-productive, and so we need to ensure your goals are achieved in an unfortunately common workplace issue.
If you believe that you have been unfairly dismissed from your job we will assess your claim, consider your employer’s reasons and procedures and advise you on your legal rights,
We will help determine the appropriate course of action, which can result in compensation payments, agreed at an Employment Tribunal or by reaching an out-of-court settlement.
Alternatively, if you have resigned because your employer made it impossible, or difficult to continue in your role then you may have a claim for Constructive Dismissal. We strongly recommend you obtain legal advice before resigning, but our solicitors will provide a free half-hour consultation for those considering claiming retrospectively.
It can be a difficult process to prove discrimination in the workplace, but if you believe that you are being treated unfairly due to your race, gender, disability, or age then speak with your employment solicitors. We have vast experience providing advice on equal opportunity issues and helping our clients collect evidence to prove discrimination has occurred.
Other than those listed above, the following characteristics are protected under the Equality Act 2010:
- Sexual Orientation
- Marital and Civil Partnership Status
- Pregnancy and Maternity
- Gender Re-assignment
However, this is not a conclusive list as discrimination issues are a constantly evolving are of employment law.
Previously known as Severance Agreements, or Compromise Agreements, Settlement Agreements range from the routine, amicable settlements to complicated high-value contracts that require extensive negotiations, possibly due to unfair dismissal, or breach of contract.
The purpose of a Settlement Agreement is to provide you with the appropriate financial reward by agreeing not to bring any employment related claims against your employer.
Disciplinary Hearing & Grievance Procedures
If you are requested to attend a disciplinary meeting it is important to understand the appropriate procedures you and your employer must follow. Our solicitors will advise on your employment rights during the process, whether the meeting has been called for misconduct issues, or poor performance, timekeeping, or attendance.
We deal with people who have recently been made redundant and those who have been put at risk of redundancy. We advise on your employment rights and assess whether the correct procedures are being followed.
Often an Employment Tribunal is the final stage of any dispute between you and your employer. They can be expensive and before we advise our clients to proceed to a tribunal we will assess the likely outcome and potential compensation, compared with the expected cost.
Employment Tribunal can be for a range of reasons, some of the most common matters include:
- Unfair Dismissal & Breach of Contract
- Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment
We would recommend trying to reach a Compromise Agreement with your employer, but if negotiations fail, then we will act promptly and aggressively to achieve the best possible outcome.
Careers change, as does the law surrounding employment issues and as your employment solicitors we will move with you. We have experience across a wide variety of industries so we can help negotiate new contract offers to ensure you start your new role in the best possible position.
Do you have Powers of Attorney for yourself as part of your business risk strategy?
We can provide advice and protection against the risk to your business should you become incapable of making decisions for yourself.
For a free, no obligation consultation, please contact us on 01539 720049, or via the contact form.