We have considerable experience in advising both employers and employees on employment-related issues and disputes.
This firm will give you sensible, experienced advice on the legal merits of your position and, equally importantly, on the practical situation and your available options.
Employment disputes can arise in a number of areas, the most common being:
- dismissal of an employee on grounds of redundancy;
- dismissal of an employee for alleged poor performance or gross misconduct;
- an employee wishing to leave employment for reason of alleged poor treatment or discrimination;
- other discrimination issues such as unfair treatment based on sex, race, disability or age.
Employers need to carry out effective planning to avoid costly disputes arising with their employees. Training and support is of course key to the relationship and, as a basic requirement, employees are entitled to certain written terms of their employment.
Grievance and disciplinary procedures should be documented and agreed. We can carry out a business legal health-check to review your policies, documents and procedures and to make sure they are all legally compliant under current legislation.
Good legal planning will save your business time and cost, loss of reputation and morale.
Settlement Agreements are documents issued by employers to employees when offering them an ex-gratia payment or settlement on leaving their employment. It is a document recording the terms of settlement between employer and employee of all of the legal issues that could potentially be in dispute between them.
It is most common with redundancies and dismissals. Nearly always, it involves a payment being made by the employer to the employee. In return, the employee agrees not to issue any claims against the employer.
It is therefore a final settlement document between them. Solicitors’ advice on the terms is a requirement by law (in order to make the Agreement legally binding) and the cost for this advice is in most cases paid for by the employer.