As the UK braces itself for scorching temperatures across the country, it is important for all businesses and their employees to know the correct health and safety procedures when working in hot weather/environments.
A Protective Award is an award of compensation of up to 90 days’ gross pay, that can be awarded by an Employment Tribunal, for failure by your employer to collectively inform and consult you where you have been dismissed on the grounds of redundancy. This applies to dismissals of 20 or more employees, within a 90 day period.
If such dismissals should occur, your trade union or employee representatives (if any) can put forward a claim to the tribunal on your behalf. If there is no trade union or elected employee representatives, then you can pursue the claim yourself or in conjunction with your fellow workers.
The Citizens Advice Bureau has recently published research revealing a 70% decrease in the number of disputes reaching the Employment Tribunal courts as employees are deterred by newly introduced fees. Employers should beware not to abuse this however, say specialists at Linder Myers Solicitors.
As a result of the recession, many organisations are making cutbacks in order to stay afloat. To reduce outgoings, a number of companies are choosing to downsize, reducing the amount of employees that they have working within the business. For organisations having to make employees redundant, there are a number of potential employment law pitfalls that they can fall into. To help businesses protect themselves from potentially harmful litigations, Linder Myers has used its breadth of experience and knowledge to design its employment law advice service Employ-Line.
Employees who have long exhausted their entitlement to sick pay because of a long period of sick leave are still entitled to claim full pay in respect of their holiday entitlement pursuant to the Working Time Regulations. These regulations allow full time workers a minimum 5.6 weeks of annual leave in total.
With no end in sight to the current recession, many companies are making redundancies and many more are being placed into liquidation. As a consequence Employment Tribunal claims can hit a dead end if the firm becomes insolvent.