Employees in Southport should be more aware of their rights

Employees should be more aware of their rights, and so should their employers – Magnus Legal explains

Employment laws exist across the United Kingdom to ensure fair treatment and honesty from our employers. If an employer breaks them, there can be serious consequences and you should get in touch with an employment law solicitor in Southport at the earliest opportunity. However, many people are unaware of what their rights are as employees. Similarly, there are several companies ignorant of the fact that there are strict laws they must adhere to. These instances are particularly common among younger workers and small new businesses.

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Breaching employment law is a serious issue for both parties. For employees, it can result in being unknowingly mistreated at work leading to emotional distress or even loss of earnings. Employers, meanwhile, could find themselves facing legal action in a civil court or employment tribunal if it is determined that an employer acted unlawfully. A judge may order them to pay the staff member or staff members harmed a sizeable compensation for not following the rules.

What employment laws should people be more aware of then? One of the most publicised forms of employment law is discrimination which guarantees every member of staff equal treatment regardless of their gender, ethnicity or a disability. Another most people will be aware of is the minimum wage. As it changed just over six months ago, both employers and employees should check to make sure they are meeting the new minimum wage requirements (£6.70 per hour if you are 21 and over, £5.30 if you are between 18 and 20, £3.87 if you are 17).

 

However, there are many other employment laws you may not realise your employer must follow or that you must follow as the employer in question. For instance, staff members in almost all industries should be presented with a written statement of terms within two months of beginning a job and they are legally obliged to receive itemised wage slips every time they are paid. Furthermore, you have the right to a notice of dismissal if you have worked somewhere full-time for over one month, and everyone is entitled to a certain amount of paid leave for maternity and paternity time, holidays, and trade union duties.

Serious breaches of employment law could be taken to a tribunal where a qualified judge will be able to hear the case. It is strongly advised that you instruct the services of a professional solicitor before you decide to take this course of action as an employee. Their knowledge will be important right from the initial discussions between you and your employer. Furthermore, employers who are anxious about facing a tribunal can also get in touch with a local lawyer to find out what steps they should take.

If you would like more information or some guidance, you can call Magnus Legal on 03303 211105.

 

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