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Employment Dispute

Our employment solicitors have the expertise to help resolve a wide range of workplace disputes. We act for both employers and employees seeking advice and our team can assist wherever you are based.

Employment law is constantly changing and so it is vital that you have a team of experts on your side.

We believe in equality and best practice in the workplace. Our advice covers all aspects of employment law including contracts, policies, restructures, redundancies, disciplinaries, grievances, settlement agreements and tribunal representation.

It is always advisable to seek an early resolution to a dispute before things worsen and end up costing you more in both time and expense. Our employment solicitors are on hand to assist you with any employment related dispute that may arise in the workplace.

What are my rights as an employee?

If you are an employee, you have access to a wide range of benefits including:

  • National Minimum Wage
  • Paid holiday
  • Protection against unfair dismissal
  • Shared Parental Leave and Pay
  • Statutory Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Leave and Pay
  • Statutory Redundancy Pay
  • Statutory Sick Pay
  • Workplace pension
  • Written terms
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All of these, plus any additional rights, should be clearly laid out in your employment contract.

If you have any issues or queries about your contract, or you believe the terms of your contract have been broken, the first thing you should do is take this up with your employer.

If the relationship between yourself and your employer worsens or you believe your rights are being breached, you should seek legal advice about your options. You may be unaware of your rights given the situation, but our specialist solicitors are on
hand to explain what your next steps should be.

It is possible to assert your rights with your employer in a constructive, non- confrontational way that will enable a resolution to the matter and let you get on with your work and life.

The most common areas where we provide advice and expertise on are:

  • Agreeing on redundancy terms
  • Dealing with disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Discrimination in the workplace
  • Issues surrounding contracts of employment
  • Negotiating settlement agreements and severance terms
  • Unfair dismissal claims
  • Whistleblowing

There's no better time than now

People rely on us, and we pride ourselves on our client-centered advocacy and representation.

How can I raise a grievance?

Grievances are concerns, problems, or complaints that an employee raises with their employer. There is no legally binding process that you or your employer must follow when raising or handling a grievance at work. However, there are some principle that should observed.

Always try talking with your employer informally before raising a formal grievance, to see if that helps resolve matters.

If you have tried to resolve your grievance informally and this approach failed to work, you should raise the matter formally. You should do this using your employer’s formal procedures for grievances. Your employer should put their grievance procedures in writing and it will likely be located in one of the following documents:

  • Company handbook
  • Staff manual
  • HR or personnel manual
  • Intranet
  • Employment contract

At the very least your employer must give you in writing the name of the person that you can apply to, to seek a resolution.
If your employer doesn't have a formal procedure, please call us to discuss the steps you should take.

What is a settlement agreement?

A settlement agreement is a legally binding contract made between an employer and an employee. It is usually entered into at the termination of employment and sets out the full terms between the parties.

In its simplest form, a settlement agreement will provide for a severance payment by the employer in return for your agreement not to pursue any claims in a tribunal or court.

To be legally binding you will need to take independent legal advice on the document. We can review the document and sign it off for you.

Our specialist employment solicitors will advise you on the merits of your matter, if a settlement agreement is suitable and the amount of money you may receive at an Employment Tribunal.

Why Choose Us?

Our solicitors are experts in employment dispute claims and so are ideally positioned
to help you resolve a workplace dispute.
We have helped many individuals and employers across the country through the
sensitive process of handling an employment dispute.

How to Get in Contact

Please call us on 01234 350 244 or email us at info@dvsolicitors.com for further information and advice about our services. We will happily provide you with a free initial discussion about your individual circumstances.
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