Employment Law Advice for Businesses
Employment law is constantly being updated to reflect the changing needs and priorities of modern businesses and workers with a number of significant changes having been introduced in recent years.
Making sure your working practices are in line with current legislation is essential to protect you, your business and your employees, allowing you to effectively manage your workforce and meet your commercial objectives while staying within the law.
Even the smallest of businesses need to comply with UK and EU employment legislation, while larger organisations are likely to face a wide variety of employment issues. Our employment law specialists are highly experienced in all areas of employment law, having supported businesses of all sizes and types for many years with a range of issues related to their employees.
We can assess your current employment practices and help you revise your procedures to avoid potential issues. Where employment disputes do arise, we can take swift action to resolve the issue, protecting your business, your commercial interests and your reputation.
Our employment lawyers offer a proactive, realistic approach that always keeps your commercial objectives in mind. We can make managing your workforce easier, significantly reduce the likelihood of employment disputes and help you resolve any employment disputes that can’t be avoided, efficiently and cost-effectively.
Our employment law services
Our employment lawyers offer comprehensive legal advice for your business, covering key areas of employment law, including:
- Contracts of employment
- Employee handbooks
- Disciplinary proceedings
- Settlement Agreements
- Maternity and paternity leave
- The Equalities Act 2010
- Partnership agreements
- Director’s service agreements
- Employment Tribunal claims
Contracts of employment
Regardless of your size or sector, all businesses should have well drafted contracts with employees and independent contractors. Legally sound and clearly-worded contracts and agreements can help prevent your business from encountering unforeseen problems.
Even after an employee or contractor have parted ways with an employer, disputes and legal claims can arise. They will have knowledge of pricing structures and other confidential information not in the public domain which may be tempting to use or to pass on. We can assist you with drafting, negotiating, and reviewing contractor / employment contracts ensuring they are accurate and protect the needs of your business.
Employment handbooks explain your company’s policies and procedures, clearly defining the rights and responsibilities of both the employer and employee. An employee handbook helps to avoid ambiguity and confusion which could give rise to contentious, expensive, and time-consuming disputes.
Tayntons’ employment law team can help you draft a clear and comprehensive handbook of the policies and procedures you need. We will ensure that it reflects the needs of your business and keep it up to date, helping protect your business and reduce your company’s exposure to costly Employment Tribunal claims.
Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
As an employer, it is good practice to have disciplinary and grievance procedures in place. Whether an employee is not performing well in their role or has made a complaint about the way they have been treated, it is important to ensure that appropriate action is taken. Employers must follow strict disciplinary procedures to ensure that their employees’ legal rights are met.
Our employment team offer assistance throughout the process, from preparing for disciplinary hearings and outcomes, to helping with negotiations for employees exiting the business.
Employment dispute resolution
While most employment issues can be avoided by having the right planning and procedures in place, sometimes disputes with your employees are unavoidable. When such issues do occur, we will listen to your priorities and work with you and your employees to find fast, effective resolutions that protect your commercial interests and reputation.
Since 6th May 2014, it is mandatory for an employee pursuing an employment tribunal claim to first notify the Advisory, Conciliatory and Arbitration Service (ACAS) to give the parties the opportunity to settle or resolve the potential claim amicably through Early Conciliation (EC). We can advise and represent you during this process, helping to find a fast solution that protects your business and reputation.
Where it is not possible to solve an employment dispute through the early conciliation process, you may be required to go to an Employment Tribunal to resolve the matter. Where this is the case, we can advise and represent you, giving you a realistic assessment of the likely outcome and helping you to achieve a positive result.
Dismissals, Redundancy and Settlement Agreements
Business owners must be extremely careful when ending an employment contract, ensuring that the matter is approached sensitively, while following the correct procedures. Our highly skilled employment team can advise you on your legal rights and responsibilities as an employer.
When making redundancies or dismissing employees, it is advisable to plan ahead to avoid any employment claims being made against you. A settlement agreement allows you to offer employees a fair settlement in exchange for agreeing not to pursue a claim, protecting you and your business from litigation. We can advise you when a settlement agreement is appropriate, draft the agreement and negotiate with your employees where necessary.
Why choose Tayntons Solicitors’ employment lawyers?
Tayntons’ employment law specialists have extensive experience supporting businesses of all sizes across various industries with all areas of employment law. We regularly work with companies in Gloucester and throughout Gloucestershire, including Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean.
We plan our legal strategy around your commercial objectives. We can help you review your existing employment practices and put in place new measures to protect you and your employees legally, while ensuring you can effectively manage your workforce.
We offer an initial consultation of up to 45 minutes meeting for £150.00 plus VAT (£180.00), allowing us to get a clear picture of your requirements and explain how we can help you. Our employment specialists will talk you through your options and provide focused advice with a clear goal of getting the matter resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Our team understands that your business and its employees are unique, so we will ensure that our advice matches your specific requirements, allowing your business to run as smoothly as possible and minimising the risk of legal issues with your staff.
Get in touch with our employment lawyers in Gloucester
For help with any aspect of employment law in Gloucester, Cheltenham, the Forest of Dean or anywhere in Gloucestershire, please contact us today by calling 0800 158 4147, emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or requesting a call back.