Services for Employers
We are here to help you manage your day to day HR issues and routinely advise our Employer clients on the preparation and implementation of Policies, Practices and Procedures including those relating to Discipline, Performance and Grievances. Most importantly we are committed to the time and patience needed in guiding you to the best outcome every time.
Contracts and Agreements
We are able to help you in identifying and drafting the right Documentation for those working for you be they Employees Workers, Consultants, Volunteers or Directors.
Redundancies and Reorganisations
A Redundancy situation may arise when a Business is considering stopping its business altogether, closing one or more of multiple sites or where it believes that it can carry on with fewer employees. They can also arise when a business is transferring all or part of its business to a new owner where issues under the Transfer of Undertakings Regulations ( ‘TUPE’) may arise.
Redundancy is a potentially fair reason for dismissing staff, but the law exists to protect employees and his highly prescriptive. Get it wrong and your Business could be exposed to claims for Unfair Dismissal and even claims for unlawful discrimination where compensation awards are potentially higher than those for Unfair Dismissal.
The more staff your Business employs the greater the risk becomes. Businesses who employ more than 20 employees are subject to greater responsibilities specifically regarding consultation with Representatives or Trade Unions.
We can help you navigate your Business to minimise the risk of exposure to claims by identifying the traps, helping you communicate with your staff and by helping you with policies and procedures designed to reduce your exposure to risk. Staff engagement is crucial in this area and we have the experience to advise you on the best practice to be followed.
Settlement Agreements can be a useful means of negotiating an exit associated with Redundancy or Business reorganisation and we are able to help you in the drafting of Agreements and the ancillary letters to accompany them.
Sales and Acquisitions
We routinely work with our Commercial property Team in advising Employers selling or buying Businesses and in relation to the requirements and implications of the Law which protects employees involved in a business sale and purchase…the TUPE Regulations. We provide pragmatic advice in easy to understand terms and most importantly at a cost realistic to the value of the deal.
The Equality Act affords substantial protection to individuals recognised as having various protected characteristics in a wide range of employment contexts from recruitment to termination. They include protection from discrimination on the grounds of Age, Beliefs, Disability and Sex. The potential for the unprepared Employer to ‘get it wrong’ is huge and includes exposure to unlimited awards of compensation in the Employment Tribunal. We are able to help you draft the necessary policies and procedures to limit your exposure and to identify potential problems before they become the stuff of nightmares and cold sweats!
The means by which you can protect your Business from the risks created by ex-employees are strictly prescribed and limited. They are also subject to change and often, a lot of interpretation by the Courts.
We are experienced in advising Employers on the scope and drafting of Clauses in Contracts designed to protect you against the risks of your former employees competing with you and enticing your staff and customers away.
And when necessary we are able to help you take Court Action to prevent your employees damaging your business interests by obtaining an Injunction.
A Settlement Agreement is a means by which an Employer can manage the ending of an employment relationship relatively quickly and safely. The Employment law equivalent of a quickie Divorce!
We have experience in drafting Agreements for Employers to use in a wide range of situations and commit to providing our Employer clients with step by step guidance from the opening of discussions to the completion of the Agreement with the employee concerned.
We routinely advise our Employer clients in relation to proceedings issued against them in the Employment Tribunal and can offer Representation in a wide range of Claims including Unfair Dismissal, Wrongful Dismissal, Discrimination, Unlawful deduction of Wages and Redundancy. We can offer representation on a fixed fee basis or by monthly billing and in some cases on a Contingency Fee basis.