Has an employee submitted a claim to the Employment Tribunal?
Let our experts guide you through the process and defend your company against the claim.
Realising an employee has submitted a claim to the Employment Tribunal can be one of the most stressful experiences as an employer. You may not what comes next or who to turn to. It is vitally important, however, that you get legal advice as soon as possible to ensure that you and your company is represented fairly.
Employment Tribunals are often a complex, lengthy and costly process. If a current or former employee has filed a claim, you need to be sure that all of the correct employment procedures are in place within your business. Getting advice from an expert employment solicitor can alleviate a lot of the stress.
What is an employment tribunal?
Employment tribunals are public bodies in England and Wales which have statutory jurisdiction to hear many kinds of disputes between employers and employees. The most common type of disputes heard in the tribunals are:
- Unfair and wrongful dismissal
- Unlawful wage deductions
- Redundancy payments
- Breach of contract
Employment tribunals will make decisions about these disputes between employees and employers.
What employment tribunal services do we offer?
Employment tribunals are usually the last resort when it comes to solving employment disputes. Our team can help you and your business with every stage of an employment issue, including:
- Advising on your current internal grievance procedure
- Guiding your business through the ACAS early conciliation process
- Defending you in the Employment Tribunal
- Assistance with Tribunal appeals
- Advice on avoiding future Employment Tribunal claims
We can also assist with potential settlement agreements if an agreement can be made with the employee and it is fair for both sides. Our employment law team are able to assist with all aspects of this process.
How can I avoid an employment tribunal claim?
The best practice to avoid future employment tribunal claims is to seek professional employment law advice before the issue is escalated. Employment Tribunals are the last resort in a long line of employment procedures that can solve disputes.
Burying your head in the sand about a particular problem can cause to more potential issues. If, for example, you have simply neglected to discuss redundancy with an employee on maternity leave, or assumed they didn’t wish to attend the redunandcy meetings, the focus moves to the exclusion of the employee which can be classed as discrimination.
We can also advise on building watertight employment policies, such as dress codes, sickness and absence policies. Speak to our employment team today to find out how else we can help you avoid employment tribunal claims.
Who can make a claim to an employment tribunal?
If you have an employee who believes they have been treated unlawfully, unfairly or wrongfully by you, they may have grounds to lodge a complaint with the tribunal.
In order to bring a claim to the employment tribunal, they will first have to inform ACAS. Here, they will be offered the option of “early conciliation”. Our team can explain what this process means in more detail.
How can Smooth Commercial Law help?
Our team at Smooth Commercial Law understand that the process of employment tribunals can be quite daunting. This is why it is helpful to have a friendly employment law expert on your side while you go through the procedures.
You can rely on Smooth Commercial Law to have you and your company’s best interests at heart and to help you with any type of employment law dispute. Whether you are a large corporation or a small SME, we can defend your business against employment tribunal claims.
If you have any questions about employment tribunals, the process of defending a claim, and your legal rights, contact our experienced Liverpool, Manchester, St Helens, and North West employment tribunal solicitors by calling 0800 046 9976 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact us through our enquiry form here.