The law has given employees – and in some cases other workers who might not count as employees – rights and entitlements in relation to their employment, including how they are disciplined and dismissed or made redundant, how their grievances are handled, wages, absence from work and sickness, holidays, work breaks and working hours, time off for family emergencies, maternity and paternity leave, and the right to apply for flexible working.
All workers have the right not to be discriminated against in relation to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.
Employees who feel they have been denied their rights have redress by taking their employers to an employment tribunal.
If you are dismissed you may be able to make a claim for compensation or even ask an employment tribunal to order your employer to give you your job back.
The law is complex but we can tell you if you may have a case, help you bring a claim, negotiate with your employer to get your job back, or for compensation, or represent you at the tribunal.
If you have been offered a settlement agreement by your employer it is important that you seek independent legal advice before signing it, and also a legal requirement. Once you sign the agreement you will not be able to make a claim against your employer at the employment tribunal.
Normally your employer will agree to pay for you to receive independent legal advice.
We can advise you about the implications of signing a settlement agreement. Where you have been offered an agreement that we cannot advise that you should sign we will open negotiations on your behalf to seek agreement of suitable terms with your employer.
Our offices are in Bishopsgate, London, and Potters Bar, Hertfordshire.
We offer a free initial half-hour appointment for most matters. Usually, we can discuss the brief facts of your matter and can give you an idea of whether you have a potential claim or a case where we can help you. We will also talk to you about funding any work that we do for you. You get an opportunity to meet us and decide whether you want us to represent you.
If you believe you may have a case to make an employment tribunal claim, we can make an assessment of your case based on the facts and information you send us by e-mail.
Bishopsgate Law solicitor Martin Phillips has written a guide to your rights at work for employees, which you can download here.