Disciplinary & grievance
Working relationships are often key to the success of a business, and our employment lawyers understand that where issues arise, they need to be dealt with fairly, swiftly and with as little disruption as possible.
We offer commercial and practical advice on handling poor performance and conduct issues through disciplinary action, as well as responding to employee grievances, to minimize the risk of Tribunal claims whilst maintaining good industrial/employee relations wherever possible.
We can support you with negotiating the exits of both junior and senior employees, with guidance on negotiating exit terms and drafting your settlement agreements. We advise on tricky issues such as notice pay, garden leave, restrictive covenants, share schemes, pension contributions and other employee benefits. We can also help you prepare for and undertake protected conservations to ensure the best outcome for the business.
Underperforming employees can have a detrimental impact on your business’ reputation, performance and staff morale. We can advise you on all aspects of handling performance issues, including performance improvement plans, drafting capability policies, taking disciplinary action, disability discrimination risks and without prejudice negotiations.
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- 06 February 2023
Redundancy and settlement agreements – What you need to know
In this podcast Ciara Duggan and Sana Nahas members of the employment team at Clarkslegal will guide you through the tricky topic of redundancy and settlement agreements, covering what redundancy means for both employers and employees, as well as how settlement agreements work in practise.
- 30 January 2023
Deborah Scales comments on ‘the proposed Mental Health First Aid Bill’
In People Management, Deborah Scales, Associate at Clarkslegal, discusses the reasons why people professionals would likely welcome a change in set law as a “relatively swift and cost-effective” way to help the workplace.
- 25 January 2023
Government’s response to menopause recommendations in the workplace
The UK Government has recently rejected calls for the menopause to be made a ‘protected characteristic’ and for a large-scale pilot of menopause leave.
- 24 January 2023
Melanie Pimenta comments on ‘positive action’ and what it means for employers
In Personnel Today, Melanie Pimenta, Senior Solicitor at Clarkslegal, discusses ‘positive action’ and what it means for employers.
- 20 January 2023
Deborah Scales comments on employee who handed keys in and said ‘I’m done’ did not resign and was unfairly dismissed
In People Management magazine, Deborah Scales, Associate at Clarkslegal LLP, comments on a recent tribunal ruling in which a factory supervisor who handed in her keys in an “anxious state” and said “I’m done” did not resign and was unfairly dismissed.
- 13 January 2023
Key employment cases to look out for in 2023
Last year we witnessed various cases and important decisions affecting the employment legal landscape, including, Rodgers v Leeds Laser Cutting Limited (the first COVID-19-related unfair dismissal case to go to the Court of Appeal); Harpur Trust v Brazel (the Supreme Court case relating to holiday pay for part-time workers); and Tesco Stores Limited v USDAW and Ors (relating to firing and rehiring practices), to name a few.
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