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Employment Law

Most businesses worry about employment law. It can be complicated to get everything right and the penalties for getting it wrong can be significant. These briefings are designed to give you a clear understanding of the basics your business needs to get right. If you do need more help, or can’t find the answer you need you can call our employment advisers for assistance.


Age discrimination

Age discrimination doesn’t just apply to older employees. These FAQs set the record straight by providing answers to some of the age discrimination issues that confuse employers. 


Employment contracts

Every employee is entitled to be given written terms and conditions within 2 months of starting to work for your business. These FAQs deal with common misunderstandings about employment contracts and will help you stay on the right side of employment law.


Employment tribunals

These FAQs will help you understand how Employment Tribunals work.


Equal pay

Employment law says that women should be paid the same as men for doing the same job or for work of equal value. This is called equal pay. These FAQs answer the most common questions about equal pay and what you need to do as an employer.


Dealing with dismissals

Dismissing an employee is always a risk. These FAQs will help you minimize the risk to your business.


Disciplinary issues

Many employers are uncertain about the correct approach to take when disciplining employees. It’s important to get your disciplinary procedures correct and to understand the legalities of imposing sanctions on an employee. These FAQs will help you to do this.


Discrimination FAQs

Gender, age, race, religious belief (or lack of belief), pregnancy and maternity, gender reassignment, disability, marriage or civil partnership and sexual orientation are all protected under the Equality Act 2010. They are known as protected characteristics and employees should not be discriminated against because of a protected characteristic. For employees with a disability, employers also have additional obligations that they have to fulfil such as making reasonable adjustments to help the employee do their job. These FAQs deal with some common workplace discrimination issues.


Grievance issues

Raising a grievance is the way the law expects employees to discuss serious problems with their employers. These FAQs will help you handle grievances well.


Gross misconduct

Gross misconduct is one of the most misunderstood concepts in employment law. These FAQs will help you understand what gross misconduct is and what you can and can’t do as an employer.


Holidays

The law sets out the minimum amount of holiday to which your workers are entitled and how it must be calculated. These FAQs will help you understand holiday entitlement and get it right.


Homeworking

Many jobs include an element of home working. Both employers and employees value the flexibility working from home can provide. However, managing home workers can be complex. These FAQs are designed to help you with the most common home working issues. 


Information consultation

In certain circumstances employers have a duty to consult and inform their employees about things that may affect the business. Depending on the size of your business, the Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 may apply. These regulations set out the criteria that your information and consultation process must fulfil. These FAQs will tell you if the Regulations apply to your business and how to get your information and consultation process right.


Maternity

Employment law gives special rights and protections to women who are pregnant, both before they baby is born and during the maternity period. The mother’s partner also has some additional rights. These FAQs will help you understand some of the obligations that employers have towards their employees in these circumstances.


Minimum wage

The minimum wage is the minimum amount that the law says must be paid for an hour’s work. It usually increases every year in October. These FAQs explain who is entitled to the minimum wage and in what circumstances you have to pay the minimum wage. 


Remote working

Remote working is a reality for most businesses. While technology can make it easier, managing an employee who works remotely can be difficult. These FAQs deal with the most common problems caused by remote working.


Redundancy

Unfortunately most businesses will be faced with a redundancy situation at some point. These FAQs take you through the basic law regarding redundancy, including what happens if the business is in trouble and is unlikely to be able to make redundancy payments.


Sickness issues

Ill health absence and dealing with sick pay often causes problems. These FAQs explain how to get the basics right. Sometimes an employee ill health issue can be very complex. If this is the situation you are facing, you can call one of our employment advisers for help.


Working time

The Working Time Regulations 1998 set out the legal requirements for rest breaks, working hours and paid annual leave. These FAQs will help you understand your legal obligations as an employer.