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 am male and work in a food processing factory. When I turned up for the job interview seven years ago I was wearing earrings, and I have continued to wear them ever since. They’ve now changed the rules and insist no jewellery is to be worn. Can they do this?

A colleague at work was recently promoted, although no-one inside or outside the company was interviewed for the post. I am now being asked to apply for his old job, but I don’t think this is fair. Would I have a case for compensation at an employment tribunal?

The landlord of the pub where I work recently bought the franchise for the kitchen from the brewery. We all received a letter saying our jobs were safe and nothing would change. But recently he decided we wouldn’t be opening at all on bank holidays. It means we don’t lose just one day’s pay, but two, since we used to get double time. Is he allowed to do this?

My granddaughter is having problems with her employer. What is the current minimum wage? What is the minimum holiday allowed by law? And if her day off falls on a bank holiday, is she entitled to a day off in lieu?

I work in a bar, earning £150 a week basic but as much again in tips. Do I need to tell the taxman about the tips?

I’ve been off work for 10 months. My doctor, a consultant and the company doctor all agree that I’m unable to work. But now I’ve received a letter saying the firm is transferring me to another company under the TUPE regulations. Can you be transferred when you’re too ill to do the job?

I’m a delivery driver, and after one stop I was accused by the manager of the premises of stealing a cleaner’s purse. I suggested the police were called, but they told me it wasn’t company policy. Mud sticks in my line of business and I wondered whether I should see a solicitor about suing the manager for defamation?

Two months ago my wife was told that all jobs were being regraded, which would mean a 20 per cent pay cut. Management said if this was unacceptable they would be offered redundancy. However they keep delaying the decision about when redundancy will be available; it appears the company is hoping that staff will find other jobs so it won’t have to pay out. What’s the position on this?

My boss received an anonymous letter, which, had it been believed, could have cost me my job. I later obtained proof that it had been sent by my ex-wife. Is it an offence to write malicious letters?

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