Employment Law A-Z

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Employment Law A-Z

ACAS Code of Practice

ACAS stands for the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas)[1] and its aims are improve organisations and working life through better employment relations, working with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performanc...

Age Discrimination

Age discrimination laws[1] help ensure that you are not denied a job, have an equal opportunity to training/promotions and other less favourable treatment because of age. They also designed to protect you from harassment or victimisation because o...

Apprentices

Apprenticeships[1] can be a great opportunity for school leavers looking to gain on-the-job skills and qualifications. They’re also a good deal for employers keen to train youngsters to the best standards, at the same time acquiring a part-funded ...

Bribery

Playing it straight It goes without saying that honest dealing should form the foundation of every business. Today, thankfully, we’re less likely to encounter some of the shady practices that often used to blight business arrangements, when it wa...

Constructive Dismissal

Constructive dismissal is when an employee is forced to leave their job against their will because of their employer's conduct. This is a complicated area of employment Law and we recommend that you speak to a solicitor regarding Constructive Dism...

Contracts of Employment

All employees have an employment contract with their employer, although it might not be in writing. If you don’t have a written employment contract, your contract would have automatically been created when you started to work for your employer. W...

Disability Discrimination

Disabled workers share the same general employment rights as other workers. However, there are also some special rights for disabled people under the Equality Act 2010. Learn more about your rights and the Equality Act 2010. Employers and the Equ...

Discrimination in the Workplace

Discrimination is when you are being treated differently to others because of one of the ‘protected characteristics’. There are, however, occasions when some forms of discrimination maybe allowed, i.e employing only a woman to work at a women’s re...

Equal Pay

The 2010 Equality Act[1] took effect from 1 October meaning workers have new rights that will help stamp out pay discrimination. Measures include stopping employers from using pay secrecy or 'gagging' clauses to hide unfair differences between wha...

Holidays and Holiday Pay

Who has the right to paid holidays? Most workers have the right to take a minimum amount of paid holiday each year. This is called statutory holiday.[1] You have the right to take statutory paid holiday from work if you are a worker. This includ...

Marriage and Civil Partnerships

Till death do us part? Every business should aim to adopt a policy of equality and fairness.[1] So it’s important that a company understands its obligations to treat individual employees even-handedly, as many rights are enshrined in law and can ...

Maternity Leave

Read out guide outlining detailed information about your rights to maternity leave as laid out by UK employment law and in line with the ACAS code of practice.[1] When can your maternity leave start? You can choose when to start your maternity l...

Parental Rights at Work

Working parents have the following legal rights:[1] Paid and unpaid maternity leave; paid paternity leave; paid and unpaid adoption leave; to request flexible working hours; unpaid parental leave for parents of children un...

Pregnancy Discrimination

Equal rights for mums and mums-to-be Thanks to the Equality Act (2010),[1] no employer can discriminate against a woman because she is pregnant or has recently given birth,[2] or in the case of a pregnancy-related illness, or relating to the righ...

Raising a Grievance

From time to time we can find our selves dealing with a difficult situation while at work, it may be an unexpected change to your work contract and agreement or you may be facing an uncomfortable and hostile work environment due to harassment and ...

Redundancy

Redundancy is a form of dismissal from your job, caused by your employer needing to reduce the workforce. Reasons could include: New technology or a new system has made your job unnecessary; The job you were hired for no longer exists; The ne...

Rights of Agency Staff

Agency staff are identified as being “workers” instead of employees.  All workers and this includes agency workers are entitled to certain rights which include the following: Annual leave (paid) A rest break and a limit on working time Nation...

Settlement Agreements

What is a settlement agreement? A settlement agreement[1] is a legally binding document between an employee and employer that records the agreement when the employment relationship has come to an end. This can be either because of redundancy, a ...

Unfair Dismissal

In its simplest form, a dismissal is when an employer terminates the employment contract of their employee with or without notice. Not all dismissals are unfair and this will depend on the circumstances and facts of the particular case and against...
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