Disputes & Procedures
There is a large number of areas which may give rise to a dispute in an employment context, and on which we advise.
These areas include potential contractual disputes, such as over bonuses or benefits, as well as entitlement to holiday under the Working Time Regulations 1998. Other grounds for potential dispute in which we can assist include bullying, discrimination (including maternity issues), sickness and absences due to ill health, inappropriate use or disclosure of personal information under the Data Protection Act 1998, disclosures under the whistle blowing legislation, and issues relating to disadvantage suffered after assertion of breach of statutory rights.
Additionally, we regularly advise in respect of internal procedures, whether invoked by an employee, such as in respect of grievances or requests to work flexibly, or by the employer, for example, the implementation of disciplinary or performance procedure.
We can help employees understand these procedures and prepare any representations they wish to make. This helps to ensure that their strongest and most persuasive case is put forward at an appropriate stage. This may bring a potential dispute to a swift conclusion, or strengthen the employee's hand in the event that the matter escalates into a dispute.