Employment

We will robustly defend any claim against your business and advise you on the risks

...with you every step of the way!

Employment Tribunal Claims

If you receive a claim in the Employment Tribunals, we can help you to defend that claim. We will meet with you to discuss the prospects of the claim succeeding and the likely costs of the claim (including legal fees and awards of compensation). We will robustly defend any claim against your business and advise you on the risks and tactical options at each stage of the claim.

Settlement Agreements/ Compromise Agreements

We can advise on termination packages and prepare a compromise agreement that protects your business from claims in the Employment Tribunals and help with the negotiation of the terms of the compromise agreement with your employee or former employee.

Contracts

We can prepare new contracts of employment or update your existing contracts of employment to ensure that they are legally compliant. We can also deal with director's service agreements, consultancy agreements, apprentice agreements, secondment agreements and contracts for casual or temporary workers – including zero hours contracts and fixed term contracts.

Restrictive Covenants/ Anti-Competitive Behaviour

We can draft restrictive covenants for your senior employees that give you the best chance of protection for your business. If you know or suspect that a former employee has breached their restrictive covenants, we can advise on the steps you can take to enforce those restrictive covenants. If you have started or would like to start legal proceedings in relation to restrictive covenants, our Dispute Resolution Department can help you.

Handbooks

We can write new policies and procedures for you or audit the rules and procedures that you already have in place. Recommended policies and procedures include disciplinary procedure, grievance procedure, IT and social media policy and equal opportunities policy (covering discrimination, bullying and harassment).

Family Matters

We can advise you on the current entitlements to statutory maternity leave and pay, statutory paternity leave and pay, and statutory adoption leave and pay. We can keep you up to date on changes in the law. If you receive a flexible working request we can advise you on the procedure you should follow and make sure you have the right letters and documents to use.

Grievances

If you receive a complaint from a member of staff (for example a complaint about their hours of work or an allegation of discrimination by a co-worker), we can advise you on the procedure you should follow and make sure you have the right letters and documents to use.

Disciplinary Procedures, Dismissal and Performance Management
If you need to discipline or dismiss an employee because of their behaviour (e.g. bad attitude, insubordination, poor performance, gross misconduct) we can advise you on the procedure you should follow and what level of warning or sanction may be appropriate. We can make sure you have the right letters and documents to use and guide you through the process to achieve the outcome that you need with the least risk to your business.

Absence Management

If you have an employee with a high number of sickness absences or an employee on long term sick leave, we can help you to manage that situation to either achieve a reduction in sickness absences or return to work, or to terminate the employee's employment on the grounds of ill health/ capability in a fair and lawful way, with the least risk to your business.

Redundancy or Restructure

If you are contemplating short time working, temporary lay-offs or redundancy or you are planning a restructure of your department we can provide you with the toolkit you need to deal with the selection and consultation process in a fair and lawful way, with the least risk to your business.

Buying, Selling and Outsourcing

If you wish to buy or sell all or part of a business, or you wish to outsource work to another organisation or bring work in-house that has previously been outsourced, then we can advise you on the impact of TUPE (the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006) and provide you with the toolkit you need to meet your obligations to inform and consult with staff. If you are considering a transaction, our Corporate and Commercial team can help you.

Knowledge

We prepare regular email bulletins on changes in employment law legislation and the outcomes of key cases and we deliver regular seminars including employment law updates and hot topics for employers. These services are free of charge. To subscribe to the email bulletins and request an invitation to our seminars please contact Kate Booth.

Employment Law Solutions

We have a number of fantastic fixed price packages for employers to give you the advice and support you need in relation to your employee issues. Whether you just want the option of occasional telephone support or you need someone to come along to your employee meetings and give you legal representation in the event of an Employment Tribunal claim, we can offer a package that will suit you. For more information on the packages available please click here or contact Kate Booth on 01484 821309 or at katebooth@eatonsmith.co.uk

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Team for Business – Employment

T: 01484 821308
Michael Webb
Michael Webb
Senior Partner
T: 01484 821309
Kate Booth
Kate Booth
Partner
T: 01484 821307
Jane Gregory
Jane Gregory
Litigation Manager

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