Employee Rights

Employees are generally more aware of their employment rights than in the past and, often buoyed by the substantial awards reported in the press, are increasingly willing to bring claims, whether speculatively or due to a genuine complaint.

It is important that employers are alive to events which may lead to potential liability.  We regularly advise employers on the full range of potential risks, including contractual entitlements and obligations, disclosures made by employees, whether or not under the whistle blowing legislation - and their subsequent treatment, short and long term sickness absence (including in respect of employees who may be disabled or who may qualify for permanent health insurance benefits), rest and holiday entitlement and pay, discrimination (the most common grounds being gender, maternity issues, race and disability), alleged bullying and harassment, maternity, adoption and parental leave and leave to care for dependants, requests to work flexibly, requests to work beyond the default retirement age, data protection and the receipt of subject access requests, and the monitoring and surveillance of email and internet usage.

We can guide employers through any of these areas, advise on procedure, help to quel escalating disputes, and help to avoid successful claims being made.

 

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