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

When the minimum wage was increased a complaint was made about our firm to HM Revenue and Customs. Our employers promised to apply the employment tribunal decision in every branch, but they haven’t done this. It’s been going on for months. Who’s responsible for enforcing this?

I took the three weeks’ holiday that were owed me just before I left my job, but a week before my holidays they reduced my hours from 20 a week to 15. They then proceeded to give me holiday pay at the 15 hours rate. Are they allowed to do this?

We are being taken over under a TUPE agreement in a year’s time. Some of us have worked for the firm for more than 25 years and are in our late 50’s, and would prefer to retire early. What are our options? Do we have to work for the new firm?

My daughter has worked at a private nursery for over 12 months. About a fortnight ago she had to take two days off sick. She ‘phoned in before 9am on the first day, but when she received her wages the following week she was informed she wouldn’t be paid for the two days she was off. I thought sick pay was compulsory once you completed 12 months’ service?

I have worked at a hotel for 25 years and am now catering manageress. The catering company was taken over, and it has now lost the contract. But it refuses to offer me redundancy, saying there is still a job for me. I feel if they do offer me employment it will be miles away.

My son is currently living in a tied cottage provided by his employer. What’s the minimum amount of notice he can be given to move out? He says he’s paid monthly, so he should be given a month, but he’s been told that other managers have been given what’s known as “garden leave” and could be told to vacate the property immediately.

We work nine-to-five in an office on computers all day with an hour for lunch. We are too busy to take a break to rest our eyes and backs, but should we have any authorised breaks, say ten minutes in the morning and ten in the afternoon?

I am regarded as a freelance, part-time worker who is self-employed. My working hours are erratic and payment is by verbal arrangement and is a mix of piece work and hourly rates. It would seem therefore that I’m outside the scope of the minimum wage and working hours regulations. Can this be right?

I work for a subsidiary of a multinational company. We were told that reorganisation was taking place, but our jobs were safe until next December. We’ve now been told that our office will close by July. Is it legal to be given false security of employment like this? We’ve been told the redundancy package is likely to be the basic legal requirement plus £4,000.

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