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Employment Solicitors Swansea

Navigate the legal elements of employment law with our experienced team.

Employment law is constantly evolving which can become an ever increasing minefield of information.

Whatever employment law problem you are facing, whether you are a business or an employee, PGM Solicitors Swansea aim to make life simple, not complicated. We will give you straight forward practical advice.

You can talk to us in complete confidence and gain reassurance from speaking to a member of our specialist team who understands your situation.

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Areas of advice include:

Frequently Asked Questions:

The general rule is that to acquire the right not to be unfairly dismissed, you must have worked for your employer for a continuous period of two years. You then have the right to bring a claim for unfair dismissal before an Employment Tribunal. The problem is that any such claim must be presented at the tribunal within 3 months (less one day) of the date of dismissal. Before a claim can be brought it is necessary to go through the Early Conciliation process with ACAS.

The law sets out what has to be included in an employment contract. This includes start date, names of employer and employee, place of work, hours of work, rate of pay and how often the employee will be paid, employee’s entitlement to holiday and sick pay, details of training requirements, how much notice is required to terminate the employment, data protection provisions, and so on. In addition, we would usually recommend that other terms are also included, like confidentiality obligations and post termination restrictive covenants.

A Settlement Agreement (formally known as a Compromise Agreement) is a legally binding contract made between an employee and employer.

This usually provides for a severance payment by the employer in return for your agreement not to pursue any claims in a Tribunal or a Court. The employer will usually require you to keep the terms, for example the amount and the surrounding circumstances of your contract’s termination, confidential.

It is unlawful for your employer to discriminate against you on the basis of:

  • Sex
  • Religion/belief
  • Pregnancy/maternity
  • Gender
  • Marriage/Civil partnership
  • Race
  • Sexual orientation
  • Gender reassignment
  • Age

If you believe that your employer has treated you badly because of any of the above, then please contact our employment team who will be able to advise you further.

Employees with at least 26 weeks’ employment can request flexible working under the statutory right to request flexible working.

Note that this is a right to ‘ask’ not a right to get.

It can be daunting starting a new business, so using an employment law specialist to guide you in the right direction will ensure you don’t make any errors. Here are some things employment law companies can help you with:

Contracts of employment 
A solicitor can assist you in creating contracts of employment, a document of agreement between an employer and employee outlining the terms of the contract and things such as pay, holiday and working hours.

Employee handbooks  Solicitors can also provide an employee handbook service which will provide you with a draft that ensures all policies are fair and within the law. This handbook will contain information about company policies and procedures such as company rules, holiday entitlement and disciplinary and grievance procedures.

Health and safety
If you employ more than five people, you must have a written statement of the company’s health and safety policy, as a requirement of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

If you’re self-employed, you’re responsible for paying your own tax and national insurance and you will need to keep business records and details of your income so that you can fill in an annual self-assessment tax return. An employment solicitor will be well-experienced in dealing with all of this, so you don’t have to do it all yourself.

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