At Astons Solicitors, we recognise that problems in the workplace can and do arise. Employees can be dismissed unfairly, receive insufficient pay and benefits, or be a victim of unfair work practices, among many other things. If something like this happens to you, you are well within your rights to protect yourself and your interests.
No matter what your dispute, you can count on the highly experienced solicitors at Astons to provide you with informed employment law advice.
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Founded in 1989, Astons Solicitors has built a reputation for providing high-quality legal services to both employees and employers in the UK. Our clients range from multinational companies to small and medium-sized family businesses. We also offer our legal expertise to private individuals.
Our ultimate goal is to provide maximum satisfaction by giving our clients access to our fast, efficient and friendly services. We promise to always do our best to ensure that we will meet or exceed all expectations.
As we solely practise employment law, employees can rest assured that they are in good hands. We are experts in our field and have a wealth of experience in advising individual workers at all levels on unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, equal pay, flexible working, and maternity and paternity rights. If necessary, we can also represent clients at an employment tribunal.
Unlike other law firms, all our work is managed by experienced solicitors. We also use in-house advocates. For this reason, Astons Solicitors can handle all of our clients’ employment tribunal work from start to finish.
We Offer Employment Law Advice on a Range of Issues
Employment law can be difficult to understand, especially for employees with limited knowledge of how it works. Depending on your case, there are certain steps that you will need to take to ensure you obtain a favourable outcome. Fortunately, at Astons Solicitors, we have been handling these types of cases for many years. As a result, our employment law specialists can offer you legal assistance that is tailored to your needs.
Please click on the links below for more information about specific areas of employment law.
If you think you have lost your job unjustly, you may be able to file a claim against your employer for unfair dismissal. In this situation, time is of the essence. You only have three months from the effective date of your termination to submit your claim. Therefore, it is wise to seek expert advice immediately.
Discrimination in the workplace is a serious issue. With this in mind, the UK government passed laws to ensure that individuals cannot be treated harshly or unfairly based on their gender, age, race or religion, among others. If you have been a victim of discrimination, you can file a claim and receive compensation for any resultant loss of earnings or for any injury suffered.
All employees must be able to air any grievances they may have about their work or workplace without feeling anxious or fearful about potentially losing their job. If you have lost your job or have been the subject of disciplinary action shortly after having made a complaint, you should seek employment law advice from our solicitors.
4. Statutory Rights
In the UK, workers are entitled to certain employment rights in order to protect their wellbeing. These include:
- Being paid the national minimum wage
- Protection against unlawful wage deductions
- Access to the statutory minimum level of paid holidays
- Right to not have to work for more than an average of 48 hours per week
- Protection against unjust treatment for part-time work
If your employer has failed to grant you any of the statutory rights afforded to workers by the UK government, you are strongly advised to seek professional assistance from an employment law solicitor in Northampton.
5. Pay, Bonuses and Other Benefits
Besides being paid the national minimum wage and receiving the statutory minimum level of paid holidays and bonuses, employees in the UK are also entitled to other benefits. If you are a full-time employee, you may also receive:
- Statutory sick pay and leave
- Statutory maternity/paternity pay and leave
- Statutory adoption pay and leave
- Shared parental leave and pay
Not only can bullying and harassment affect your work, but it can also damage your wellbeing. Dealing with this type of issue can be extremely tiring and stressful, which is why it is advisable to mention it to your employer (formally or informally) as soon as possible. It is also wise to seek employment law help to ensure that the issue will be resolved quickly and favorably.
The Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) 2006 seeks to protect workers if their current place of work is transferred to a new owner. These regulations help ensure that employees’ continuity of employment is preserved and that the new employer will uphold the terms of their contracts.
Redundancies should be fair, unbiased, and impersonal. If you have lost your job due to a company reorganization and your employer did not consult you or failed to provide you with a warning prior to your termination, you should seek legal advice about submitting a claim for unfair dismissal. This also applies if your employer has retained several employees in the same job as you.
9. Restrictive Covenants
Restrictive covenants are clauses added to employment contracts that prevent employees from taking certain actions for a specific period of time after leaving an employer. In most instances, these clauses prevent workers from joining or setting up a rival company, soliciting their former company’s existing customers or poaching other staff members after leaving.
Some employees are reluctant to expose an employer’s wrongdoing because they are fearful of losing their job. Nevertheless, if you do decide to blow the whistle on your employer, the law states that you will be protected from dismissal and other related consequences. If your employment is terminated or you suffer some sort of similar detriment because of your whistle-blowing, you can take your case to an employment tribunal. It is strongly recommended that you seek employment law advice so that you understand your rights and can identify the claims you should file in the tribunal.
If your employer has asked you to sign a settlement agreement or a compromise agreement, it is essential that you know your rights. It can be relatively easy to be confused by legal jargon and therefore you might fail to discern what you are giving up or what your employer is asking of you. It is vital that you consult a solicitor before signing a settlement agreement.
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If you are experiencing work-related issues or are in dispute with your employer, it can be an extremely stressful time. Not only will this have a detrimental effect on your livelihood, but it can also have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing. Fortunately, at Astons Solicitors, we can provide you with the legal services you require to resolve your issues. Our solicitors will be there for you every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected or, if you take the case further, you succeed in your claim.
If you want to discuss an issue with one of our employment law solicitors, simply complete the form below or contact us on the telephone number provided.