I built up my expertise and experience in employment law for over 15 years and still advise in these areas. This work includes Restrictive Covenants, Directors Duties and Breach of Confidence claims and related Injunction work, Bullying and Settlement Agreements.
Preventing employment law problems
Prevention is always better than cure, so being aware of your responsibilities will help. If you are an employer you must:
take recruitment decisions in a fair and non-discriminatory way.
check the eligibility of new staff to live and work in the UK.
provide employees with a written statement of employment particulars within two months of their starting work.
comply with the National Minimum Wage regulations.
- give workers paid annual leave a year based on set minimums
not ask workers to work an average of more than 48 hours a week unless they have given their voluntary consent in writing.
give employees time off work in specified circumstances other than annual leave (eg to deal with an emergency involving a dependant, or for antenatal appointments).
give serious consideration to requests to work flexibly from employees with parental responsibility of children aged 16 and under, and disabled children under 18 as well as carers of certain adults.
- ensure that changes to employment contracts are discussed and agreed with employees or, where there is a collective agreement, with their representatives.
register with the Information Commissioner and comply with the Data Protection principles
provide access to a stakeholder pension
provide a safe working environment, comply with current health and safety legislation and ensure your staff do so too
not bully or discriminate against any of your workers on the basis of age, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion or disability and ensure your staff are not bullied or discriminated against by other members of staff
If you are struggling to stay on top of employment law issues we may be able to help.
Contact Human Law Mediation to discuss your requirements.