Jordan’s Solicitors Offer Expert Support and Legal Advice on Employment issues
Employment Issues? A Problem at work?
If you are experiencing a problem at work and need advice and support understanding your employment rights, then contact us. We give expert legal employment advice and support. We can help you on a range of employment issues including:
• Disciplinary and grievances concerns;
• Unfair dismissal claims;
• Wrongful dismissal claims;
• Breach of contract claims including unlawful deductions of wages claims;
• Discrimination claims including bullying and harassment because of sex, race, religion, disability or sexual orientation;
• Settlement Agreements (formerly known as Compromise Agreements).
In some cases you may be able to claim compensation from the employer: For instance if you have been unfairly dismissed.
An employer can only dismiss you, if it has a fair reason to do so. Your employer has to follow a fair procedure to dismiss you. If your employer has been unfair, you may be able to claim compensation. The average amount of compensation awarded by Employment Tribunals during 2013/2014 for a claim of unfair dismissal was in region of £11,800.
If you think you have a claim, then we can help. We will advice you on whether you have a good claim.We will work closely with you to assess your case, and understand your needs to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
Frequently asked questions
The time limits vary according to the type of claim being bought. However, timescales in most cases are short, with claims having to be filed within three months less one day from the date of the dismissal or other act complained of.
The deadline for submitting a claim will also vary for most cases in line with the requirements to enter into Early Acas Conciliation, which is a process that needs to be followed in most cases before a claim can be submitted to the employment tribunal.
If you miss the deadline for submitting your claim then an employment tribunal may reject your claim. Time limits will not be extended unless you are able to persuade a Tribunal that it was not reasonably practicable for you to submit your claim in time or that it would be just and equitable to extend time.
If you think you have a claim, you should seek legal advise without delay. You can contact us at Jordan's Solicitors by call 0330 3001103 or requesting a call back.
Compensation varies according to the type of claim being bought as well as the individual circumstances of the case.
For example, if you are bringing an unfair dismissal (including constructive dismissal) only then you can only claim for financial losses suffered as a result of the dismissal. Compensation would be made up of a basic award and compensatory award. The basic award is calculated based on your age, length of service and pay, and is a fixed sum. The compensatory award is designed to compensate you for the income and benefits you have lost as a result of the dismissal. In most cases the compensatory award is capped at 52 weeks’ gross pay or £78,962, whichever is lower.
In other cases such as discrimination, compensation is uncapped and can also include non-financial losses such as for injury to feelings.
If you think you have a claim and require legal assistance, you can contact us at Jordans Solicitors by call 0330 3001103 or requesting a call back.
We recognise that it can be hard to find affordable legal advice. We further acknowledge that when employment issues arise which result in the loss of employment it becomes even harder to pay for legal advice. This is where Jordans Solicitors may be able to help.
We may be able to offer you a no win no fee service. This means that in the event you pursued a claim but did not win, we would not send you a bill for our legal fees, hence “no win no fee”. However, in order for us to understand whether we are able to offer you this service we will first need to assess the merits and value of your case to determine whether such a service can be offered. There is a very small initial assessment fee of £60 plus VAT that will be payable at the outset.
Another feature of our no win no fee services is that we have an arrangement with a barrister's chambers which means that if you are eligible for our no win no fee service, we may also be able to arrange for a barrister to represent you at your final hearing on a no win no fee basis also. This means that the financial risk to you in pursuing an employment tribunal claim is significantly reduced.
Please call us on 033 03001103 or request a call back if you want to discuss our no win no fee service.
A contract of employment is a binding agreement between you and your employer. It does not have to be in writing and can arise as a result of a verbal agreement or by conduct because you are providing work in return for pay. However, without a written statement setting out the terms and conditions of your employment it may be harder to establish what the exact terms of your employer are, which could be a problem if a dispute were to arise between you and your employer.
Your employer is legally obliged to provide you with a written statement setting out the key terms of your employment (to include matters such as place or work, hours of work, job title, remuneration etc.) and this should be provided to you within the first two months’ of you starting your employment. As such, if you have not been provided with a written statement of particulars of employment or a contract, then you can request one from your employer.
You have the right to time off work in certain circumstances and provided you are eligible, covering:
• Annual Leave (holidays)
• To attend to public duties;
• Jury service;
• Time off for study and training;
• Maternity Leave;
• Paternity Leave;
• Adoption Leave;
• Parental Leave; and
• Time off for emergencies.
Our Commitment to Client Satisfaction
Our employment lawyers are committed to good client care. Led by Susan Lewis, Partner & Head of Employment Law, the team possesses a wealth of experience in employment law, employee rights and negotiating settlements. Our offices are based across in Yorkshire in Wakefield, Dewsbury and Horsforth.
To see how Jordan’s Solicitors can help you with your problems at work, please call 0330 3001103 or request a call back.