Services for Employees

Hodge Halsall has a specialist employment department providing a comprehensive range of services for most work place related problems including:-
•    Unfair dismissal;
•    Wrongful dismissal;
•    Redundancy;
•    Discrimination at work;
•    Employment tribunal claims;
•    Bullying and harassment issues;
•    Stress at work;
•    Maternity issues;
•    Employment contracts
•    Absence due to ill health
•    Compromise agreements;
•    Whistleblowing

Damages based/No win-no fee Arrangements
These may be offered at our discretion.  If we enter into a “no win/no fee” arrangement we do not charge a fee for the work that we have carried out on your behalf if we do not recover compensation for you.  A fee is payable if we negotiate a settlement or if we recover compensation on your behalf in the Employment Tribunals.

Other fee paying alternatives
If we do not enter a “no win/no fee” arrangement we will consider alternative sources of funding your claim with you.  We will act on your behalf on a fee paying basis and full details will be provided on request.  We increasingly act for clients who have the benefit of Legal Expense Insurance which may cover the cost of many employment claims.

Time limits
Most claims to Employment Tribunals must be brought within strict time limits.  The main time limits include:-

Unfair Dismissal: 3 months from effective date of termination

Request for written reasons for dismissal: 3 months starting with effective date of termination

Redundancy payment: 6 months

Sex/Race/Disability/Religion or Belief/Age/Sexual orientation Discrimination: 3 months starting with act of discrimination

Right to paid time off for antenatal care: 3 months starting with date of appointment

Right to unpaid time off to care for: 3 months starting with date when dependants refusal occurred

Right to annual leave: 3 months from date when rights should have been permitted

Right to pay during annual leave: 3 months from date payment should have been made

Unlawful deduction from wages: 3 months from date of (last) deduction or (last) payment to employee

Right to be accompanied at a grievance or disciplinary hearing:    3 months from date of failure or threat of failure

Contract claim by employee: 3 months starting with effective date of termination (in Employment Tribunal)

Time limits are generally strictly enforced.

Negotiating employment contracts
Contracts of employment are often presented to employees in a format prepared by the employer.  We are able to assist in negotiating the terms of such contracts before signature in an effort to secure a better deal for you and can advise upon :-

•    Restrictive covenants and how they operate
•    Bonus/commission structures and how they will affect you
•    Notice/garden leave clauses

Useful Guides and Related Articles

Adverse Weather and employee travel disruption

Automatically unfair dismissal 

Bullying at work

Changes to contract and terms and conditions of employment

Compromise agreements

Funding arrangements for employees

Redundancy

Sickness absence

Time off work

Unfair Dismissal

Unlawful deductions from wages

Whistle Blowing