Employment law has been devised to govern your rights and expectations as an employee, it is designed to protect you from unlawful abuse and discrimination at work.
Equally employment law can be used by an employer to help build an appropriate healthy, safe and effective working environment, where your employee’s know exactly what to expect and in turn what is expected from them as employee’s. Effective use of employment law can lead to a more harmonious working relationship with your staff.
There may be times when during your working life things don’t go to plan, if you feel you have been wronged at work it is important to act quickly and find out exactly what your rights are and if these have been impeded in some way.
Employment law encompasses issues like dismissal and redundancy as well as your general working conditions and pay.
Since employment law was introduced you are entitled to a written statement of your main employment terms within two months of starting work. Although this may not be a full written employment contract, this statement should state among other things your job description agreed working hours and salary.
Once you accept a job offer your employment contract begins, even if this is based on a verbal offer where the job requirements, salary and other things were discussed but not documented, then by accepting the job offer you are agreeing to the position and the terms and conditions therein, even if you do not know what those terms are. We would always recommend a correctly written contract, negotiated and agreed too prior to the commencement of work.
We understand that while it is important to ensure your rights are not violated there is also a balance and not all cases actually require the intervention of the law, there may be times when you simply do not understand your rights and therefore feel unduly hard done to when in fact the requests made by your employer were reasonable and fair. For this reason we always recommend a consultation before deciding to take any action that may worsen your working relationship with your employer.
Examples of employment law, and rights.
- Tribunal Representation and Disputes.
- Contracts of employment – your rights.
- Accidents at work.
- human Rights.
- Maternity issues and rights.
- Sick Pay.