Frequently Asked Questions

Employment Law Services FAQs

  • What to do if your employer is breaking the law

    If you believe your employer is breaking the law, document the evidence and raise the issue internally through a formal grievance process. If this doesn’t resolve the issue, you may contact an employment solicitor or approach bodies like ACAS or the Employment Tribunal for advice and possible action.

  • What are the employment laws for 15-year-olds?

    In the UK, 15-year-olds are considered young workers and are subject to specific restrictions. They can work part-time, but not in a factory or industrial site, and there are limits on the hours they can work during term time and holidays. They also cannot work before 7 am or after 7 pm.

  • What is redundancy in employment law?

    Redundancy occurs when an employer needs to reduce their workforce because a job or jobs are no longer necessary. Employees selected for redundancy must be chosen through a fair process and are typically entitled to redundancy pay, notice, and consultation.

  • What are the employment laws?

    UK employment laws cover a range of areas including discrimination, dismissal, redundancy, maternity and paternity rights, holiday entitlements, and minimum wage regulations. These laws aim to protect both employees and employers in the workplace.

  • How do employment laws protect employees?

    Employment laws protect employees by setting minimum standards for safety, health, and fairness in the workplace. These laws prevent discrimination, ensure fair pay, and provide rights for grievances and dismissals, helping to create a balanced and fair working environment.

  • How does employment law affect businesses?

    Employment law affects businesses by requiring them to adhere to regulations that ensure fair treatment of workers. Compliance is crucial as non-adherence can lead to legal disputes, penalties, and damage to reputation. These laws also guide businesses in managing their staff appropriately.

  • What are employers’ responsibilities under law?

    Employers are legally responsible for providing a safe working environment, paying employees at least the minimum wage, ensuring contracts and terms are clear and fair, and preventing discrimination and harassment in the workplace.

  • Why was employment law created?

    Employment law was created to provide a fair and safe working environment for employees, to protect them from unjust treatment, and to regulate the relationship between employers and employees. This helps in ensuring economic stability and fairness in the workplace.

  • Can your employer reduce your salary?

    An employer cannot legally reduce an employee's salary without consent. Changes to salary must be agreed upon by both parties. If salary reductions are necessary, employers must consult with employees, or their representatives and any change should be reflected in the contract.

  • How much does it cost to employ someone?

    The cost of employing someone includes not only their salary but also employer National Insurance contributions, pension contributions, potential training costs, and other benefits or bonuses that may be offered. Employers should also consider administrative costs associated with hiring and payroll.