When most people think of employment law their thoughts are almost always directed towards the rights of employees. There has been so much publicity recently about these rights – whether it is for their right to be paid the minimum wage, get their statutory holiday pay or to work in complete safety – that the rights of employers have been largely ignored.
Now I’m not suggesting that any of the rights that employees now enjoy are a bad thing, far from it. Thanks to these laws the UK is now one of the fairest, safest and secure places in the world to work. There does however seem to be an unnatural shift in favour of employees to the disadvantage of many employers.
Employers also have a number of rights that they should be able to enforce without fear of legal action. For example, an employee should have the right to dismiss one of their workers if they feel that they have a fair reason for doing so.
These days we hear about cases involving employment law crop up more and more. This is largely due to the recession and the large number of people being made redundant. In every case however, there are two sides to the story. In a lot of cases, despite finding themselves in very difficult situations, employers have done nothing wrong. People sometimes do things, or conduct themselves in a certain way, which puts employers well within their rights to terminate employment.
In cases where an employer needs to defend their actions in court, they, like the employee making the accusations, needs to find legal representation. Just like an employee, for an employer, finding specialist legal representation is very important. Though you can choose to use a non specialist solicitor, using specialist employment solicitors is well worth it.
Employment law is very different to most areas of the law. To ensure that you are being represented in the best way possible you need to use employment solicitors who have extensive experience in the particular area of the law that you are involved in. This experience will mean that they are able to put your case forward in the most convincing and beneficial way.
Additionally, their experience will also make them far more able to make the process easier for you. They will be able to explain proceedings to you in a clear and understandable way as well as being able to advise you on what they feel is the best way forward. This ability is something which can only come from experience and will prove to be invaluable.