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Providing employees and workers with clear employment advice without the legal jargon

AS AN EMPLOYEE OR WORKER...

You spend much of your time at work and you want to be treated fairly. Therefore, problems at work can be a daunting and emotional experience.

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

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?

Settlement Agreements

A settlement agreement is a legally binding document that agrees the terms of you mutually leaving your job. 

This is offered so that there is a clean break from your employment with no opportunity for you to pursue a claim in the employment tribunal or court.
 
The settlement agreement sets out all the payments you will receive 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 your notice period and whether you will be required to work your 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 you and your employer.
 
Any agreement where you are waiving your rights to bring an employment claim is only recognised in law if you receive legal advice and the agreement is signed by ra recognised solicitor or adviser.
 
Your employer will normally make a contribution to your legal fees on seeking advice on the settlement agreement. 

If you have any questions, we are happy to help, contact us.


Been Dismissed

Losing your job can be stressful and you may feel that your employer has unfairly dismissed you.

Unfair dismissal is when your employer has ended your employment unfairly, either because of the reason for the dismissal, or the process was unfair. In most situations you have to be employed for two years or more to pursue a claim for unfair dismissal. The law allows the employer to dismiss you fairly if they use both a fair procedure and if they rely on certain fair reasons for example your conduct, capability or redundancy.

Your employer has to conduct a proper disciplinary or consultation for the procedure to be fair. This includes the employer giving you full information in advance of the reason for the meeting, details of any evidence gathered and you have the right to be accompanied at any formal meetings. You have the right to an internal appeal against decision if they discipline or dismiss you.

If you have any questions, we are happy to help, contact us.


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Facing Redundancy

Being made redundant can be stressful.

It can feel like the process is taking a long time. Redundancy is where a business has to let an employee go for economic reasons.

This could be for a number of reasons involving a business closing down or they need to reduce the workforce to reduce costs.

Your employer has to follow a correct process for it to be a fair redundancy. You have to be fairly selected, been provided with a consultation period and considered for suitable alternative roles that might exist. If your employer has breached any of these then you may have been unfairly dismissed.

If you have been employed for two years’ or more you will be entitled to statutory redundancy payments.

You are also entitled to your contractual notice period and you may be required to work this or receive it as a payment in lieu of notice.

If you have any questions, we are happy to help, contact us.


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Flexible Working

Do you want a better work life balance and work more flexibly with your employer?

You have the right to submit a request for flexible working and for your employer to consider your request as long as you have been continuously employed for 26 weeks or more. You can only make one request per year.

You can ask to change your hours, times you work and changes to the place you work – for example, this could be working from home.

Your employer can refuse your request if it does not suit its business needs.

The legislation does not give you the automatic right to appeal the decision but it is recommended that your employer allows you to do so.

If you have any questions, we are happy to help, contact us.


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Discrimination

Are you being treated differently at work and do you think it is discrimination?

The Equality Act 2010, protects people from discrimination when applying for a job, during your employment and after you have left employment.

There are nine specific areas of unlawful discrimination known as protected characteristics which are as follows:
age, disability, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, gender, gender reassignment and sexual orientation.

Discrimination can happen in a number of different ways including direct and indirect discrimination, victimisation and harassment.

Under the Equality Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against, harass or victimise someone because they have or are perceived to have a “protected characteristic” or associated with someone who has a protected characteristic.

Direct discrimination means treating someone less favourably than someone else because of a protected characteristic. An example could be not appointing someone due to their race or age.

Indirect discrimination means putting in place a rule or policy that has more impact on someone with a protected characteristic than someone without one and is unlawful when it cannot be objectively justified. An example could be insisting that an employee has to be a certain height or must not have beards.

If you have any questions, we are happy to help, contact us.


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Starting a employment tribunal claim?

Do you want to start an employment tribunal claim?

If you want to start a tribunal claim, you should start the ACAS early conciliation process first. This allows for an ACAS officer to contact the employer to see if a settlement or a resolution can be reached. If the employer choses not to liaise with ACAS, the next step will be to issue a claim form.

Depending on your claim will depend on time limits. Most claims have 3 months less 1 day from the complaint or dismissal.

Once the claim form has been issued, this will be sent to the employer and they will have to respond. At the same time of sending the claim form, the employment tribunal will send to the employee details of the next steps for the claim.

Dealing with a tribunal claim can take a long time, especially since Covid-19 as there is a backlog in claims.

If you think you have a claim, we are happy to help, 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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    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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