Employment Law is one of the fastest changing of all areas of law and provides pitfalls for the unwary. On 6th April 2009 the previous statutory disciplinary and grievance procedures, in force since October 2004, were replaced by a new ACAS Code. However, it will not apply to certain dismissal situations, unlike the previous provisions. If in doubt, take advice! Since October 2006 the age discrimination legislation has been in force which affected all areas of the employment field, including recruitment and benefits offered to staff.
At Breeze & Wyles Solicitors LLP we advise both Employers and Employees. This gives us a wider perception and understanding of the workplace. We believe that prevention is better – and generally cheaper – than cure. If sound procedures and principles are in place, the chances of having to bring or to defend a claim at an Employment Tribunal are reduced. As the upper limit for unfair dismissal claims since February 2011 is £68,400, with the discrimination claims having no upper limit, as an Employer it is important that you talk to us first when you are drafting terms and conditions of service or preparing disciplinary/grievance procedures, or when any problem looks as though it may arise. As an Employee, you should consider following your firm’s grievance procedure, and if your Employer has not told you about this, then we can.
Our experience in Employment Law allows us to cut through the legal complexities and give you a practical and workable solution to your employment problems. However, if the worst happens and you are faced with having to bring or defend a claim, we will prepare your case for the Employment Tribunal.
Areas of Employment Law that we regularly deal with include:
- Drafting terms and conditions of service or service contracts
- Unfair and wrongful dismissal
- Drafting of equal opportunities policies
- Redundancy issues
- Transfer of undertakings
- Disciplinary, dismissal and grievance procedures
- Discrimination (sex, race, disability etc)
- Restrictive covenants
If you would like to Contact us about any aspect of Employment Law, please contact Jane Dismore at our Hertford office on 01992 558411.
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