Employment Law 

Solicitors based in Waltham Abbey, Essex

What is employment law?

Employment law regulates the relationship between employers and employees. It covers all matters related to the workplace and governs what employers can expect from and ask their employees as well as employees’ rights at work.

Employers – how can we help you?

Employing people is a huge step for any business. It is an exciting time where you are geared up to grow however, the extra financial, legal, and managerial responsibilities can be daunting. Many businesses become stuck because they do not have the basics in place. Whether you are employing your first member of staff or restructuring your team, it is important to get expert advice.

Our team of specialist employment lawyers are here to help you minimise any risks and potential liabilities within your business as well as ensure that all your employment contracts and policies are up to date and tailored to your firm.

We understand that as an employer, managing employees is never an easy task. At Kayson Solicitors, we can help you understand the ever-changing law around employment and its impact on your business.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Policies
  • Contracts
  • Restructures
  • Employment advice
  • Employment handbooks

Employees – how can we help you?

Often, the employee is disadvantaged if they do not know or understand what rights employment law provides them. Our employment experts can advise you on how employment law protects you.

An employer most often has access to employment law advice and experience in dealing with their employees. For an employee on the other hand, it is likely that being discriminated against or harassed, suffering from stress in the workplace or being made redundant, is a first.

Our team can advise you on any claims that you may have against your employer and support you through the process of dispute resolution.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Contracts of employment and contractual disputes
  • Grievances and disciplinary proceedings
  • Settlement agreements
  • Gross misconduct
  • Dismissal/unfair dismissal
  • Resignation
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Equal pay
  • Stress at work
  • Family related rights including maternity and paternity rights
  • Redundancy

Redundancy Consultations

  • Holiday pay disputes
  • Failure to pay national minimum wage.
  • Unsafe workplaces (covid 19 and otherwise).
  • Whistleblowing.
  • TUPE. (Have not dealt with any of these though nbur resources available).
  • Failure to provide particulars of employment.
  • Status of employee, worker or self-employed. (Important issue at the present time due to Uber and other cases).

Employment Law Changes and Response to Covid-19

It is estimated that around 20% of the UK’s labour force have had little choice but to work from home due to the recent coronavirus pandemic. This figure in fact represents one of the largest and most disruptive shifts in working arrangements since the Second World War.

In recent months, UK employment law has undergone a series of changes partly in response to the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic, some of which are detailed below:

  • The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS)
  • The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS)
  • Changes to Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
  • Emergency Volunteering Scheme
  • Covid-19: Carry-Over of Annual Leave
  • Changes to Off-Payroll Working (IR35)
  • Gender Pay Gap Reporting

We understand that due to the fluidity of the current circumstances, both employers and employees can become extremely confused in relation to their legal rights and obligations.

Whether you are an employer and wish to understand your role in paying wages to an employee who is off work sick or in self-isolation due to Covid-19, or whether you are an employee and require advice on how you have been treated by your employer due to Covid-19, please do not hesitate to contact us and our specialists will be on hand to help with your matter.

Particularly as an employer, to avoid any confusion or missteps, we strongly advise that you seek advice from an employment law expert if you are unsure of which steps to take in your business during these trying times.

Book a free 30-minute consultation

At Kayson Solicitors, we offer a free 30-minute consultation to help us better understand your circumstances and how we can help you.

Please note that we can take your instructions by email, telephone or Zoom call. It is not necessary for you to attend our offices if you feel you would benefit more from a remote free 30-minute consultation.