Our lawyers understand that as employment law becomes increasingly complicated, employers must take increasing care to avoid costly compensation claims. Whether you have a Human Resources team, a single HR manager or the boss does it all, most employers should seek professional legal advice for at least some employment law issues.
Employment law for employers – the up-to-date position in 2018
As expected, the abolition of the Employment Tribunal application fees which had been in force since 2013, has significantly boosted the number of new Tribunal applications.
According to the official figures for the January to March 2018 quarterly period, individual (as distinct from group claims) Tribunal claims increased by a massive 118 % when compared to the same period in 2017.
So with so many new applications being made, is more important than ever for employers to know exactly what they’re doing when it comes to the law and handling staff.
That’s why trying to go it alone without taking independent legal advice is a very risky business strategy. Especially when our employment law team are happy to give free initial advice on the phone to any employer about any aspect of employment law.
Worried about how to deal with an employee? Call our specialist employment lawyers on Salisbury (01722) 422300 or FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 for FREE initial phone advice – with no strings attached
Getting employment law wrong – the costs
Workers are becoming more aware of their employment rights and increasingly prepared to make Employment Tribunal applications. Employers are increasingly at risk with over 25,000 applications made to Employment Tribunals made in the January to March 2018 quarterly period alone, and with upper awards limits for unfair dismissal, for example, now increased to £83,682 or 1 year gross salary, whichever is lowest (with some awards unlimited).
From October 2004 employers have been required to follow strict procedures for both disciplinary and grievance matters. That’s why our Employment Lawyers strongly advise that employers should take considerable care with regard to procedure on employment law issues.
Figures from the Department of Trade and Industry have shown that around 80,000 firms have inadequate or non existent procedures. Don’t put your business at risk – take expert legal advice from a specialist Employment Law Solicitor today.
Had any of these employment law problems?
- How do I deal with bullying at work?
- How do I deal with employees making allegations of discrimination or harassment?
- How do I tackle poor performance?
- Am I going through the right disciplinary process?
Our expert Employment Lawyers at our Salisbury, Fordingbridge Andover and Amesbury offices will advise you on any claim and help negotiate a settlement. Where this is not possible we represent clients at Employment Tribunals throughout Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire – and further afield.
Employment Law Services For Employers
Our Employment Lawyers full range of employment law services includes:
- Breach of contract
- Complaints and grievance procedures
- Constructive dismissal
- Consultancy Agreements
- Director’s Service Agreements
- Disciplinary hearings and procedure
- Employment contracts
- Equal pay issues
- Flexible working
- Maternity & Paternity rights
- Minimum wage
- Race discrimination
- Redundancy; procedure, consultation and redundancy payments
- Religious discrimination
- Settlement Agreements [previously known as Compromise Agreements]
- Sex discrimination
- Sexual orientation discrimination
- Staff handbooks
- Transfers of undertakings (TUPE)
- Workplace harassment claims and harassment policy
- Working time directive
- Wrongful dismissal