Employment Law and You
When it comes to Employment Law and You we believe our experience in handling employment disputes from both sides gives clients access to rounded, practical advice. Band Hatton Button advise clients on:
- Disciplinary and grievance procedures
- Unfair dismissal
- Business takeovers
Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
Employees have certain rights concerning the way in which disciplinary and grievance hearings are conducted. We can advise you on your rights and tactical considerations at disciplinary and grievance hearings.
Many people are dismissed every year without fair reason or procedure but Band Hatton Button can advise on rights and seek to negotiate proper compensation.
Usually it is for an employer to show that they have a fair reason for the dismissal but, even if this can be shown, the manner in which the procedure is conducted is crucial to the question of fairness.
In this economic climate, redundancies are increasingly common. We are able to advise you about your rights if you are made redundant and whether you may have a claim for unfair dismissal or other claims.
We can advise you about your rights in the case of a business takeover which is covered by the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 (also known as TUPE).
Discrimination, Victimisation and Harassment
It is unlawful to discriminate, victimise or harass because of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender reassignment, race, colour, nationality, natural origin, ethnic origin, disability, age, religion or belief.
The law protects individuals against discrimination in a range of areas including the selection and appointment of staff, the arrangements for and access to promotion and training, and detrimental treatment including harassment and dismissal processes.
This behaviour still persists and the law provides workers with protection and powerful remedies. We can assist you in pursuing your rights.
Unpaid notice and wages
Some employees will find that their employer has failed to give them the appropriate amount of notice pay or wages. If you have a claim for unpaid notice or wages, we can assist you in trying to recover that money.
Sometimes employers will propose a severance package to employees in which they settle their employment claims under a settlement agreement (formerly known as a compromise agreement). Employees are required to take independent legal advice upon settlement agreements and their employers will normally pay a contribution to the legal costs of doing so. At Band Hatton Button, our Employment solicitors are experienced in advising upon these agreements.
Tribunal and Court Representation
Some disputes are not resolved amicably, and so it may be necessary for an employee to pursue his or her claim in an employment tribunal or court. Our employment department has substantial experience of successfully representing individuals in these environments.