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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- 29 June 2022
Determining Employment status: The NHS Dentist Case
In this podcast listen to the case of Sejpal v Rodericks Dental Limited, which focuses on the status of a dentist and was heard by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT), tried to offer some clarity on how the tests for employment status should be applied.
- 22 June 2022
EAT clarifies worker test in latest status decision
Employment status and how it is determined has been an issue that has vexed the courts recently, with cases in both the employment and tax tribunals.
- 20 June 2022
6 ways to lawfully cover workers on strike
A strike is underway which is being dubbed the biggest rail strike in modern history. So what can employers, whose workers are due to strike, do to cover the tasks of the striking workers?
- 17 June 2022
What are employer’s obligations during a heatwave?
During the summer, employers can come across employee issues relating to the heat and hot weather. How can employers handle hot weather and what are employer obligations during a heatwave?
- 14 June 2022
Restrictive covenants in employment contracts – FAQ’s
Restrictive covenants in employment contracts usually try to prevent an employee acting in a certain way after they have left employment. The most common are those preventing the employee from working in a competing business (non-compete) or soliciting clients and/or staff (non-solicitation).
- 26 May 2022
HSE finds college broke Covid-19 health and safety rules
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is responsible for regulating and enforcing safety in the workplace. Following the tragic death of Donna Coleman, a teacher who worked at Burnley College, the University and College Union (UCU) raised Covid-19 health and safety concerns with the college and the HSE.