Employment Disputes Advice for Employers
How do you stay on top of your endless, ever-changing legal responsibilities as an employer while running a successful business? Employment disputes challenge all businesses at one point or another; the key to resolving them efficiently and cost-effectively is a specialist employment solicitor who can handle the legal work for you.
At Symes Bains Broomer, we stay on top of developments in employment law so that your business doesn’t have to. We can offer you a wide range of advice regarding employment disputes, from the moment a complaint or grievance arises through to Employment Tribunal proceedings.
Handled correctly, few disputes need to reach the Tribunal stage. We combine legal expertise with strong negotiation skills and a commercial mindset to help businesses find positive resolutions to even the most contentious of matters. We can advise on all types of employment law dispute, including:
- Handling employee complaints, grievances and disciplinary procedures
- Performance management
- Pay disputes
- Redundancy disputes
- Claims for unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal and wrongful dismissal
- Discrimination and harassment claims
- Settlement Agreements (also known as Compromise Agreements)
- Restructuring issues and TUPE
- Restrictive covenants
- Breach of contract
- ACAS Early Conciliation and other procedures
- Representation during Employment Tribunal proceedings
For expert employment law advice designed specifically for employers, get in touch with your local Symes Bains Broomer branch in Scunthorpe or Goole or fill in our simple online enquiry form for a quick response.
How our employment lawyers can help your business
The law regarding employment disputes is continually changing, driven by a steady stream of European and English law coupled with many cases interpreting this law. It is essential that you have an advisor who is able to keep on top of this changing landscape and keep their advice up to date.
We advise on the early stages of a dispute such as grievances raised by unhappy employees or disciplinary action taken by employers. The legal landscape concerning these processes is fraught with difficulties and our expert advice will help you to navigate this.
Beyond that, we also advice on the process of Employment Tribunal litigation itself if the internal processes fail to resolve the issues. We have experience in working on Tribunal cases and guiding clients through these all the way to a final hearing or an agreed settlement. During these matters the role of ACAS in attempting to broker a settlement is crucially important and we ensure that we keep in regular contact with them throughout the litigation.
We can review your contracts of employment and disciplinary procedures to ensure they are up to date and serve their purpose for your business.
Settlement Agreements are a popular way for employers to resolve disputes with their employees without resorting to lengthy and expensive litigation. Typically, a Settlement Agreement will officially bring the employee’s contract of employment to an end and by signing, the employee agrees to waive all their legal claims. In return, the employer will usually agree to pay a sum of money, provide a good reference, and other incentives.
There are strict legal requirements you must fulfil for a Settlement Agreement to be considered legally valid. For example, your employee must have received their own independent legal advice. Therefore, it is essential to consult a skilled employment law solicitor before signing any agreement, otherwise your business could find itself facing legal action regardless.
We are in difficult economic times and insolvency and restructuring are real possibilities for many businesses. If you are considering making an employee or employees redundant, there are many legal requirements you must fulfil or you could face allegations of unfair dismissal. We are highly skilled at redundancy related issues and can help with a wide range of matters, including:
- Redundancy procedure issues
- Redundancy pay disputes
- Redundancy notice disputes
- Making employees redundant after furlough (and other Coronavirus/Covid-19 related employment issues)
Who do we help?
We have experience working with a wide range of businesses across a variety of sectors. We are skilled at adapting our advice to suit our clients’ commercial needs, so as long as you employ people, we are able to help. We regularly advise limited companies, partnerships and sole traders of all sizes from small to medium enterprises to large corporations.