An employment lawyer is a professional who operates specifically within the complicated area of employment law. Employment law is an ever-changing area of law with influences ranging from the European Union to UK parliament legislation.
It takes a dedicated full-time legal specialist to keep abreast of these changes and apply them to individual disputes.
Issues for employees
If you are experiencing an employment law issue it can be very stressful and confusing. Before challenging an employer you will want to be sure of your rights, and an employer will want to know the correct legal procedure necessary for initiating redundancies or dismissals.
An employment law solicitor can guide you through these situations with their expert knowledge. The issues employment solicitors are often asked about are:
- Employment contracts
- Discrimination in the workplace
- Harassment, victimisation and bullying
- Compromise agreements arising from redundancy
- Pay issues including equal wages and your right to the minimum wage
- Unfair dismissal claims
- TUPE transfers (when employees are transferred to another company that may have different terms of employment)
An employment law solicitor can initially offer an explanation of your employment issue and advice as to whether you have a claim. They can negotiate with your employer on your behalf, and if a solution cannot be reached they can represent you at an employment tribunal.
Each area of the UK has local firms with specialist employment law solicitors but there are a few national firms who also have great expertise. These larger, city-based firms may take on only large-scale employment disputes: either high-profile disputes or those with many employees undertaking an action against the same employer.
For more individual, smaller claims a local solicitor is the best place to get advice from. Contact Law can put you in touch with one in your area, and the right kind of solicitor to suit your case. For more information on the different aspects of employment law please go to our employment section.
Issues for employers
The legal considerations related to employment are both varied and complex. From the hiring process to retirement and pension plans, every aspect of employment is governed by the legal framework known as employment law.
This can make running a business very difficult for an employer. Solicitors help employers by providing clear and comprehensive advice regarding the different aspects of employment law which relate to the needs of the employer. Solicitors are also able to help in the resolution of employment disputes.
If you are an employer it is advisable that you seek professional help for compliance and other legal matters. There are many rules and regulations which you may not be aware of. Even if your employees are currently not aware of these, any current violations could become significant in future employment disputes.
You should therefore research and become aware of all your legal responsibilities as an employer. Solicitors can:
- Help with this research
- Ensure that your information is current through periodic updates
If you are heading a large organisation you may also consider hiring an in-house solicitor. Such a position will help you manage all the legal aspects of the company and ensure that such legal matters do not interfere with the running of the company.
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