Employees have more rights than you might think.
As an employer you take on a responsibility for ensuring that your employees are working in a safe environment where their rights are protected. Not knowing or understanding your employees’ entitlements could see you spend a large amount of time and money defending claims for unfair dismissal or discrimination.
We have prepared a guide for both employees and employers on the Equality Act 2010, what rights it gives and what it means for your place of work. We strongly recommend that you take the time to read this and familiarise yourself with the law. For example, did you know that:
At Neale Turk Rochfort we understand that the law regarding employment can be complex as it is constantly changing and adapting to meet the needs of the modern world. We can offer professional, practical advice on a range of issues including:
We hope that if you find yourself in a dispute it can be resolved without the time, cost and stress of Tribunal proceedings. We will always take a sensitive and sympathetic approach in trying to resolve your matter amicably either through reaching an agreement for changing practices or by negotiating a settlement agreement with the employee.
Sometimes an employment issue will not go away easily and there will always the ‘the one’ employee who wants their day in court. In these instances we can advise you the tribunal process and assist in preparing documentation, evidence and meeting timescale and court requirements. If appropriate we will recommend a barrister who we know will act in your best interests.
Employment Rights Act 1996
The ERA is one of the first ports of call for most employment matters. Among other things it sets out:
The Equality Act 2010
The EqA applies to both the workplace and wider society. It is the UK’s main piece of anti-discrimination and incorporates older legislation such as the Disability Discrimination Act and Race Relations Act.
It protects people from being less favourably treated due to a protected characteristic which includes:
Additionally, it contains special provisions for discrimination arising as a result of age or disability as well as anti-harassment legislation designed to protect employees from experiencing harassment (whether directed at them or not) related to a protected characteristic.
We believe it is vital that employers are aware of the legislation and how it impacts on them in order to make informed decisions about their business and employees.
For advice and guidance on any employment matter please contact:
Mohamed D Bangura- Head of Employment Law
Chris Dobbs- Solicitor