Employment Law for Businesses

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One of most complicated and regulated aspects of running a business is the employment of staff. 

It is important for the smooth and profitable running of your business to ensure that when you employ staff that the contracts are correct, you are not breaching statutory rules for example in relation to maternity rights, wages and working hours and finally that you are dealing with issues such as disciplinary actions and dismissals in a lawful way.

Contracts of Employment

You may have to deal with some or all of the following in the course of running your business: -

  • Preparing a standard contract of employment for general use or a contract for a specific individual, perhaps with restrictions on where and for whom they can work if they leave your business.
  • Preparing and introducing a staff handbook containing your staff policies and perhaps your disciplinary and grievance procedures.
  • Creating a bonus or incentive scheme.
  • Changing contractual terms due to economic reasons or because of a change of location or style of working.
  • Transferring staff perhaps to an entirely different entity or to a subsidiary.

Whether you simply need some reassurance that your contracts or policies are compliant or whether you wish to develop new ones, our specialist employment lawyers are able to advise and assist.

Disputes with Employees

Unfortunately, however careful and considerate you may be as an employer, there will be occasions when things go wrong.  It may be possible to resolve the problem easily with the member of staff.  However, sometimes the problem may be difficult to resolve and may result in your employee obtaining legal advice and commencing an employment tribunal claim against you.

Common areas of dispute are: -

  • Dismissal
  • Conduct or capability of employees
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment/bullying
  • Stress
  • Contract rights and obligations
  • Deductions from wages
  • Working Time Regulations
  • Minimum wage
  • Grievance/disciplinary issues
  • Sickness/long term illness
  • Settlement Agreements (fomerly compromise agreements)

Our experienced and capable team of employment lawyers benefit from seeing both sides of the argument as they are regularly involved in advising and assisting both employees and employers (although not in the same dispute!).  This gives them a keen insight into what needs to be done to successfully defend a Tribunal claim or settle a claim on the best terms.

If you have received a claim or believe that you are about to receive one, it is important to obtain advice as soon as possible as time limits apply if you are going to defend the claim.

Our employment team will provide you with practical legal advice taking into account the size, nature and resources of your business so that you can make informed decisions as to how best to protect it and resolve the dispute.

Terminating an Employee’s contract

If you are considering terminating a contract of employment, whether it be for a reason associated with a specific employee such as his/her conduct or capability to do the job, or whether it is due to economic reasons i.e. redundancy, we can guide you through your statutory and contractual obligations and help make the entire process as painless as possible.

We can also draft the appropriate form of Settlement or Compromise Agreements to resolve and settle any disputes that may have arisen between you and an employee

 

We aim to simplify the complexities surrounding your employment of staff.  Our straightforward and practical approach to advising and assisting our commercial clients means that we are well able to advise you throughout the period of your staff's employment with you.  We strongly believe that 'prevention is better than cure' and that early advice can often avoid problems further down the line.

If you would like more information please contact Keith Turner on 01604 622101 or Sharon Hundal on 01536 523434.

 

If you need advice or assistance please email: advice@bmtclaw.co.uk

Keith Turner

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