Staff are the foundation of all successful businesses. It is vital for every business that engages employees, consultants, directors, agency workers and/or self-employed contractors to understand the implications of employment law because it affects every aspect of these relationships. But you do not need to be an employment law expert; we can help from the beginning to the end of the process, providing advice, assistance and the required documentation along the way.
Because employment law is complex and ever-changing, it can be seen as a threat by some employers. It can also be seen as an unnecessary diversion from the main job of running a successful business. But, with support and assistance from our specialist team, it can also be an opportunity. We work closely with businesses to provide support on contracts, policies and handbooks, sickness or other long term absence, termination of employment, disciplinary and grievance matters, and protection of your business from competition from staff who leave. These are just some examples of what we can do.
We will assist you in dealing with any employment claims or threatened claims against the business. We will discuss with you the funding options, including insurance.
We also provide organisations with customised advice and training sessions for their managers, which can be a very cost-effective way of making sure that any employment disputes and claims are kept to a minimum.
Come and discuss any employment needs with Jane Elgar. We offer a free 30 minute consultation to discuss your HR needs. For advice on a specific Employment Law matter we offer a fixed fee initial consultation. We would be more than happy to come to your offices if this is more convenient for you.
Individuals need proper advice before, during and on the termination of an employment relationship. If you are an employee, consultant or agency worker, you should know your rights. We can provide advice on:
- contracts of employment
- age and disability discrimination
- family issues
- sexual harassment
- bullying at work
- public interest disclosure and whistleblowing
- discipline and grievance
These are just some examples of how we can help.
Settlement agreements are a tool that can be used to deal with workplace problems. Most commonly they are used to help end an employment relationship in a mutually acceptable way.
We can guide employers through the process and draft the necessary documentation.
If an employer is considering offering a settlement agreement, the headline points are:
- Settlement agreements are legally binding but this depends on offering the individual the opportunity to take legal advice.
- They can lawfully take away an individual’s rights to bring claims to an employment tribunal or court.
- The employee is usually offered a financial payment and will also often receive a reference as part of the agreed terms.
- Settlement agreements are entirely voluntary – they include terms and conditions that are mutually agreed, and parties do not have to enter into them if they do not wish to do so.
We also provide advice to employees who have been offered a settlement agreement or where employees are themselves considering proposing settlement. Employees considering these options are invited to contact us.
Our focus is on listening to you, understanding your objectives and achieving the best possible outcome for you. Often by the time a settlement agreement is proposed, this means negotiating on your behalf to maximise the compensation on offer.
- Settlement agreements are often reached through a process of discussion and negotiation. You do not have to accept the terms initially offered – there may be a process of negotiation during which both sides make offers and counter offers.
- Negotiations are often confidential in the sense that, if an agreement is not reached, the negotiations may not be admissible as evidence in claims before an employment tribunal or in other court proceedings.