An Employment Law Solicitor can be invaluable for both employers and employees. As employers and employees have rights and obligations in the workplace, it is important to know how and when to get professional help, what to look for and what to expect.
Employers will need to write staff contracts which will need to be legally approved so that they are not in breach of any laws or be discriminatory. Getting professional legal advice can ensure that the contracts are legally binding, which can avoid problems in the future.
Company documentation such as staff handbooks, internal policies and procedures should also be checked by a solicitor to ensure that they comply with the appropriate laws.
For employees, employment law covers such issues as unfair dismissal, discrimination, and redundancy. If you are an employee or an employer, and are affected by these issues, then you will need to make sure that you have the right legal advice so that you can get the outcome that you want. For employers, the legal process can be time consuming and costly, and for employees, it can be a question of clearing their name, or getting what they are legally entitled to.
Discrimination cases are often mentioned in the media, and employers and employees alike have to remember that how they speak to and treat their staff and colleagues could be construed as discriminatory. Sexual, religious, age and gender discrimination all breach discrimination laws which can have server consequences for both sides involved. If employees don’t get the help and support from Management, Personnel or Human Resources departments, then they may need to seek professional legal advice. In addition, companies will want to take legal advice if a member of staff has been discriminated against, or is thinking about taking legal action against the company.
There are many other issues that affect employers and employees, and could lead to a situation where both sides need to take legal advice. Perhaps a case of bullying or racism wasn’t taken seriously by management. A member of staff who has been passed over for a promotion may have a genuine reason for thinking that they have been discriminated against, and it might not be just a case of sour grapes. A parent who isn’t allowed time off to look after their sick child, or isn’t given maternity or paternity leave, may also have reason to seek the advice of an employment law solicitor.
Employment Law is there to help and protect the employee and the employer, and isn’t just for when things go bad in the workplace. Whether you are an employer wanting help to draw up contracts for new members of staff, or just want to know what your rights are regarding redundancy or maternity leave, an employment law solicitor will be able to advise you, and give you all the help you need.