Employment law is one of the most interesting, fast changing and political areas of law. It’s political, like criminal law, because it involves such big and sensitive issues affecting a majority of the adult population. consequently, each successive Government seem to want to change employment law due to political agendas and expediency.
This is a very difficult task for governments – ask an employer and they will generally tell you the law favours the employee. Ask an employee and they will tell you the opposite. This is without even taking into consideration European law and it’s effect, where applicable on employment law. Employment law in Europe is generally far more favourable to employees than in the UK, where, in reality, we do have a system which, save for the fact that there are no court fees in the employment tribunal and a no costs rule also, is in fact more akin to the USA system where hiring and firing is easier for employers without major economic penalties.
So, what types of issues do employment lawyers deal with in England & Wales ? These include :-
- Contracts of employment
- Compromise agreements
- Unfair dismissal
- Constructive dismissal
- Redundancy rights
- Tribunal claims
- Discrimination claims
- Management of sickness absence