Experts in Employment Law

Providing employers & businesses with clear employment advice without the legal jargon

AS AN EMPLOYER OR AS A BUSINESS...

The motivation of staff and skilful management is at the centre of a successful business. Changes to the steady stream of employment legislation is time consuming, daunting, and often diverts you or your managers away from more productive tasks.

In most cases your objective will be, to seek a speedy and successful resolution rather than having a dispute with your employee.

Looking for expert, independent and clear advice is crucial. Little Rock Employment has been established for over 12 years, and our team provide employees and workers with professional and highly rated service in employment law.

So, whatever your problem, Little Rock is here to help you with expert employment advice, without the legal jargon.

EMPLOYMENT LAW ADVICE

How can we help?

Redundancy and Restructures

Before making redundancies as a business, you need to ensure that there is a redundancy situation affecting the roles within the business. It is the role that will be redundant not the person.

You may have to consider redundancies if the whole business is closing down or the business no longer needs as many employees doing the work.

You need to follow a correct process for it to be a fair redundancy dismissal. The employees have to be fairly selected, been provided with a consultation period and considered for suitable alternative roles that might exist. If you do not follow a fair process, you are leaving the business at risk of an unfair dismissal claim.

If the employees have been employed for two years’ or more, they will be entitled to statutory redundancy payments.

Employees are also entitled to their contractual notice period and you may require employees to work this or receive it as a payment in lieu of notice.

If you would like to discuss options for reducing your workforce, contact us


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Employment Contracts

Having clear and well drafted employment contracts is essential for your business. They help you manage your employees and protect your interests if an issue arises.

It’s important to have employment contracts that are tailored to your business and to individual employees and their responsibilities.

Depending on the role within the business, either bespoke or generic contract will be required.

The employment contract should include clauses that protect the business for the duration of the employee’s employment and once they are no longer employed. You may want to ensure that they do not work for a competitor or take clients to a new company. We can help you to draft a contract that will be enforceable.

If you would like to discuss your existing employment contract or require a new one to be prepared, please contact us


Policies and Procedures

If an employee disciplinary, conduct and grievance isn’t managed right, it could have a serious impact on your business performance.

It could result in a costly employment tribunal. It is important to deal with it correctly and quickly as it is harder to rectify the mistakes.

As a business it is important to have clear policies and procedures to show your employees what is exactly required of them in terms of behaviour, performance and attendance. They also explain how employees are disciplined when they fail to meet the required standards.

Having these policies in place encourages the behaviour that you want and helps you manage issues when they arise.

We can help you with new policies and these should be an extension of your employment contract. Please contact us to discuss which policies you need for your business.


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Dismissing an employee

Sometimes you may have to dismiss an employee. Getting it right is important as you do not want to have a costly claim in the employment tribunal.

If the employee is not performing or just not working out and has been employed for less than two years, you could terminate their employment without having to follow a process.

Once an employee has been employed for two years or more, you have to have a fair reason and follow a fair process to dismiss the employee. Without following a fair process and a fair reason, the employee will have a claim for unfair dismissal. As part of the process, you have to give the employee full information in advance of the reason for the meeting, details of any evidence gathered and they have the right to be accompanied at any formal meetings. They have the right to an internal appeal against any decision to discipline or if they are dismissed.

Contact us before you dismiss your employee to ensure that you are compliant and do not end up in an employment tribunal


Managing flexible requests

The employee has the right to submit a request for flexible working.

As the employer you have to consider the request as long as the employee has been continuously employed for 26 weeks or more. They can only make one request per year.

The employee could ask to change their hours, times they work and changes to the place they work – for example, could ask to work from home.

As the employer you can refuse the request if it does not suit the business needs.

The legislation does not give the employee the automatic right to appeal the decision but it is recommended that you allow this.

If you need help in managing a request for flexible working, please contact us.


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Settlement agreements

Sometimes offering a settlement agreement is the best commercial option, when you want to ask an employee to leave the business.

A settlement agreement is a legally binding document that agrees the terms between the employer and the employee mutually leaving their job. This is offered so that there is a clean break from their employment with no opportunity for them to pursue a claim in the employment tribunal or court.

The settlement agreement sets out all the payments you will pay them in full. Any compensation payments can be paid tax free up to £30,000 as long as it is not a contractual payment.

The settlement agreement will deal with their notice period and whether they are required to work their notice or receive it as a payment in lieu of notice. Any notice paid in lieu is subject to tax deductions.

The agreement is a confidential agreement between the employer and the employee.

Normally the employer will make a contribution towards the legal fees on employee seeking advice.

If you want to discuss the options of offering a settlement agreement, please contact us.

Employment Law & Line Manager Training

Employment law is constantly changing and it can be hard to keep up-to-date.

We offer bespoke training for your business which can include:

  • how to remain compliant with employment law;
  • how to conduct a disciplinary procedure;
  • dealing with a grievance meeting;
  • capability issues.

We come to your premises to offer the training, so this saves you and your managers time as you do not need to travel and take extra time out of the business.

If you want to know more about the training we can offer you, please contact us.

HR Consultancy

Whether you are a start-up or a larger company without a HR function, you may want HR advice to assist you dealing with your employees.

We always make sure that we get to know you and your business, so when you need advice, it is tailored to your business.

We know you want to focus your time running your business and we help you:

  • manage your people;
  • avoid tribunal claims;
  • keep up to date with employment law changes;
  • have up to date contracts and policies.

You may want the option of paying monthly and we offer a monthly payment scheme which suits your business and budget, so you know you will not run up huge costs.

If you want to know more about our HR consultancy and manage your costs each month, please contact us.


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Looking for expert, independent and clear advice is crucial. Little Rock Employment Law has been established for over 12 years, providing individuals and employees with a professional and highly rated service in employment law.

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  • Client testimonial

    Fabulous service by Michelle in getting my employment agreement checked and signed off. Michelle discussed everything in layman's terms and helped me understand the terminology. She was responsive and professional and gave great advice. Thank You

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    I had reason to use the services of Little Rock very recently and must say what a pleasant surprise to find an Employment Lawyer who explained everything in easy to understand terms and made the process of dealing with my former employer nice and straightforward. i would not hesitate to recommend Michelle to anyone who needs advice or assistance with any Employment issues

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    Michelle has a way of just reassuring you with her expert knowledge. Michelle understands you, she gets where you're coming from, and most of all, she's caring and listens. Thank you so much for all your help. Highly recommended

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    Always pays to employ a specialist if you want to ensure a fair negotiation. Little Rock deal with issues, speedily and professionally, which is exactly what is needed during employment disputes.

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    Michelle was so amazing and accessible making the process of dealing with redundancy less stressful. I really appreciated her support and patience with all of my questions, and her follow up. I would be happy to recommend her! Thank you again Michelle.

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    Michelle was excellent, she responded to my query and answered all my employment law questions clearly and in such a way that I could totally understand the situation, despite my total lack of employment law knowledge. I would highly recommend her.

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Experts in Employment Law. Providing you with clear employment advice without the legal jargon

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Chelmsford
Essex
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