Specialist Employment Law Solicitors in London
Over the last few years, employment law has become a great issue for businesses owners across the country. Issues regarding employment law are now common in UK courts, with cases appearing on a daily basis. Record amounts of compensation are being paid out to disgruntled employees and workers.
Consequently, the UK Government have made many changes to employment law to deal with this spike in claims. This comes as the UK moves towards a uniformed and stringent system when dealing with employment law cases.
Know Your Rights
As an employee, you have certain rights upheld by UK law (statutory rights) and your contract. Whatever your contract may say, it must comply by your statutory rights provided by law. If it does not, this part of the contract is void, and does not apply.
Most workers are entitled to these basic statutory rights, regardless of how many hours they work. However, sometimes employees only gain some rights after they have worked for a company for a certain period of time.
Your statutory rights include:
- The right to a written statement of terms of employment within two months of working there.
- The right to an itemised pay slip.
- The right to at least the National Minimum Wage.
- The right not to have illegal deductions made from pay.
- The right to at least 4 weeks paid holiday per year if you are a full time employee.
- The right to time off for trade union duties.
- The right to paid time off work if you are being made redundant (if you have been with the company for 2 years or more).
- The right to time off for study for 16-17 year olds.
- The right to paid time off for ante natal care.
- The right to paid maternity leave.
- The right to paid paternity leave.
- The right to ask for flexible working arrangements to care for children or dependant adults.
- The right to paid adoption leave.
- The right to unpaid parental leave for both men and women.
- The right to work a maximum of 48 hours per week, under the Health and Safety Law.
- The right to weekly and daily rest breaks.
- The right not to be discriminated against.
- The right to carry on working until you are at least 65.
- The right to a notice of dismissal.
- The right to written reasons of dismissal.
- The right to claim compensation if unfairly dismissed.
- The right to claim redundancy pay if you have worked for a company.
- The right not to suffer detriment or dismissal for blowing the whistle on a matter of public concern at the workplace.
- The right of a part-time worker to get the same contractual rights as a comparable full time employee.
- The right of a fixed term employee to have the same contractual rights as a comparable permanent employee.
These are the basic rights that most employees are entitled to. However, although your contract cannot remove these rights from you, they can give you more. Therefore it is always important to check your contract to see what you are entitled to.
Contracts may be considered illegal if:
- The employee gets all or part of their wages in cash; and
- Tax and National Insurance Contributions are not paid; and
- The employee knows they are getting paid in this way to avoid paying National Insurance and Tax.
If you are in any doubt about the terms of your contract or the practise of your employers, Farani Taylor are happy to help, regardless of the situation.
Help for Employees
At Farani Taylor, we have extensive experience of working with employees to bring cases against their workplace. Our solicitors work with you in confidence to evaluate your situation, prepare your case and represent you in the Employment Tribunal to fight it.
Our dedicated team of expert lawyers will give impartial advice, relevant to your situation. Over the last few years, we have dealt with complex cases successfully and have brought such disputes to a swift conclusion.
We can help you with regards to all aspects of employment law, such as:
- Breach of contract issues
- Unfair dismissal
- Compromise agreements
Over the last few years, we have worked on numerous cases and have provided the most efficient employment law representation for our clients. In addition, we aim to work with you to keep costs as manageable as possible while consistently delivering a high level of service.
Free Initial Legal Advice
If you are an employee who thinks that your rights have been ignored, then contact our specialist employment law team today by calling 0207 118 1666.