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Employment Law for Employees

There are complexities in any employment situation. You will need to know, in plain, straightforward language, what your rights are and how you can exercise them. Our experts offer sensible, timely, practical advice to help you choose the best course of action.

The team are recommended in the Legal 500, the leading independent guide to the UK's top law firms.

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People sometimes feel that they are treated unfairly at work. If you feel that you are suffering from discrimination, you may have a potential claim against your employer. Our team also helps people with contractual matters and terminations of employment, including redundancies.

Free initial appointment

We offer all new clients a free iniitial chat with one of our bright experts. A free initial chat with one of our bright experts lasts around 30 minutes and usually takes place over a cup of tea or coffee, either at our Christchurch or Ringwood offices. 

At present, most appointments will take place over the phone or by video link. Where a face-to-face meeting is necessary, we have put the required safety measures in place.

Call us on 01202 499255 or fill in your details below, and one of our friendly team will be in touch to arrange your free meeting.

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We can help you with:

  • Disciplinary action and grievance procedures
  • Advice on service agreements, contracts of employment and consultancy agreements
  • Claims to the employment tribunal
  • Negotiating settlements of employment tribunal claims
  • Advice on discrimination and harassment issues
  • Drafting and advising on compromise agreements if you are leaving an employer
  • Negotiating termination deals
  • Advice on redundancy issues

Contact us if you would like a free initial appointment to discuss any of these issues.

 

Employment Law in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Ringwood and the New Forest

We have offices in Christchurch and Ringwood. Our Employment Team also covers Bournemouth, Poole and the New Forest, with the majority of our clients located in the Bournemouth and Poole area.

Thanks to our excellent IT systems, we can (and regularly do) represent clients from across the country.

Frequently Asked Questions - Employment Law for Employees

What is the definition of a 'worker'?

The worker status debate leached into the TUPE sphere towards the end of 2019. A 'worker' is defined by section 230(3) of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA) as:

An individual who…works under:

a. A contract of employment, or

b. Any other contract…where the individual undertakes to do or perform personally any work…for another party who…is not...a client or customer of…the individual.

What is TUPE?

TUPE a.k.a. 'Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations' is a legal mechanism which protects employees when the business they work for transfers to a new owner.

What does TUPE define an employee as?

TUPE defines 'employee' as 'any individual who works for another person whether under a contract of service or apprenticeship or otherwise' but does not include the genuinely self-employed.

Previously there has been no case law on whether workers are covered by TUPE. Employers have considered it unlikely and usually limited TUPE obligations to employees.

TUPE: Can employees' terms and conditions change

The Transfer of Undertakings Regulations (known as TUPE) provide that an employee’s terms and conditions cannot be changed because of the transfer of their employment from one employer to another.

What is continuity of Employment?

Only employees with two years’ continuous service have the right not to be unfairly dismissed. This qualifying period is measured to the day - so it is important to be clear about precisely when an employee started work.

What are the pros and cons of flexi-time for employees?

Liz Truss, Minister for Women and Equalities, believes that flexible working boosts both productivity and morale and improve employment prospects for women - who are twice as likely to work flexibly while they juggle childcare responsibilities - as well as those who don’t live close to big cities.

The Government Equalities Office has published a report, ‘Encouraging employers to advertise jobs as flexible’, by the Behavioural Insights Team and the jobs website Indeed. The report said that job applications increase by 30 per cent when flexible working is offered.

Can I be fired for Social Media posts?

This is a developing area of employment law and one where, like so many others, the answer is ‘it depends’.

As a general rule, misconduct is misconduct. Gross misconduct can be a fair reason to be dismissed. It is very much a matter of scale and the reason why the employer has chosen to take action.

Therefore, yes, you can be dismissed for what you post on social media.

    Get in touch with our solicitors today

    We offer a free initial appointment to all new clients. To get in touch with our expert solicitors in Christchurch and Ringwood, simply call 01202 499255 or visit our get in touch page.

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