Areas of Law / Employment

We spend the majority of our lives at work – so when something goes wrong in the workplace, or you think you have been unfairly treated, you need expert legal advice at the earliest opportunity to ensure that your rights are protected.

Employment law is very fast moving and complicated, and very few people have a clear idea of their rights at work. Our employment lawyers can advise on a wide range of work related matters including;

  • Bullying at work
  • Discrimination
  • Pay Disputes
  • Redundancy
  • Unfair dismissal

Our employment lawyers can also offer advice on the nicer side of employment law, such as helping you negotiate your contract for that dream job.

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Employment Questions

I’m a teacher and I’ve been given another bad group again this year: they’re aggressive, nasty and disruptive. The school has given me no help whatsoever and I’ve been forced to hand my notice in. Can I take them to court for constructive dismissal?

We work as security officers, but we’re now being told to replace the towels in the toilets and do general cleaning duties. We’ve been threatened with the sack if we don’t comply. Our union representative sides with the management.

Our firm has just been taken over, and our jobs were transferred under a TUPE agreement. How long is the TUPE agreement valid for?

My employer has said that, because of a lack of orders, he will be asking staff to work reduced hours. He says employees who do not agree to these changes will be named as being responsible for any ensuing redundancies. Do I have to accept these threats?

I work part-time at the local hospital, doing four-hour shifts. Should I be entitled to a ten-minute break during this period?

I work as a driver for a delivery firm. Their contract goes out to tender every five years, and we won the last one. But before this decision we were told that, if the firm lost the contract, our names would be supplied to the winners and there would be no redundancy money. Why should this be? I suspect the new firm would pick and choose who they kept.

I recently started working for a local company and was told that I am only entitled to four weeks’ holiday in the first year plus bank holidays. When I pointed out that the statutory entitlement is now 5.6 weeks, they said it was four weeks in the first year and 5.6 weeks after that. Is that legal?

I was promised an extra £1,000 if I switched to a different job in the firm. I asked for the salary increase in writing, but the manager just said I’d have to take her word for it. However they’ve now gone back on this, and they won’t let me return to my old job where I was earning bonuses of up to £150 a month.

I have worked for my employer for more than two years. The firm is now being relocated, making it unreasonable for us to travel to the new site. Should we be offered redundancy?

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