When you commit to a role in employment both you and your employer are legally bound to uphold certain terms and conditions. These can be with immediate effect or after a certain period of time, for example once a probationary period is successfully completed.
There are basic employee rights that all companies must honour and then there will be more specific ones decided by your individual place of work. For example, we all have the right to work in a clean and hospitable environment safe from harm or abuse. Allocated days holiday and time off for parental leave however will very much be dependent on the company you are employed by.
When you experience problems at work it can be difficult to know what to do. Should your company be part of a union that you as an individual are enrolled in then the employee representative may be able to offer some initial direction. However it may become apparent that the need for an employment solicitor is required to progress your situation further.
Our team of employment lawyers can help if you:
- have been unjustifiably underpaid or if unlawful deductions have been taken from your wages;
- have had your full holiday entitlement declined without reasonable cause;
- have not received the correct remuneration owed to you in accordance to your company terms whilst absent from work due to sickness, maternity, paternity or adoption leave;
- wish to raise a grievance against your employer, colleague or third party related to the business.
- have been accused of misconduct and are facing disciplinary action;
- have been discriminated against because of your age, gender, race, sexual orientation or religious or political beliefs;
- have been accused of breaching the terms of your employment contract, for example by breaching a restrictive covenant;
- wish to bring a claim in the employment tribunal;
- have been asked to sign a settlement agreement;
- have been told that your employment contract is being transferred to a new employer under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations, known as ‘TUPE’;
- believe your employer has mis-used your personal information in breach of data protection legislation; or
- have suffered a personal injury while at work and wish to claim compensation.
Employment disputes can be sensitive matters and therefore our legal teams will always attempt to reach a suitable resolution as efficiently and with the least disruption to your working life as possible. It may be that mediation is recommended before progressing to tribunal but this will be discussed on an individual case by case basis.
You should always seek legal advice on employment law issues as soon as possible as there are strict procedures that must be followed and time limits that must be adhered to.
Advising employees throughout Maidstone, Kent and beyond
We have offices in Maidstone, Gravesend, Tonbridge, Chatham and Tenterden where we can meet you to discuss your requirements.
We can also offer meetings at your home or via a skype conference call where appropriate.
We offer an initial appointment to discuss your requirements at a fixed cost of £180 inclusive of VAT. After that we can arrange flexible payment terms, including monthly billing to help you budget.