Simcocks is a market leader in the field of employment law with a team of experts who can offer practical, effective and swift advice on both contentious and non-contentious matters.
We can help with:
- Representation in court or tribunals
- Advice on procedures
- Appointments and dismissals
- Best practice in employment
- Business transfers
- Contracts and policies
- Consultancy and training
- Compromise/severance agreements
- Industrial relations and trade union issues
- International employment issues
- Protecting your business interests
- Unfair dismissal claims
Simcocks has a wealth of experience on all matters relating to employment law and can also advise on the Employment Act 2006 which comes into force in September 2007.
The Act will increase rights to annual leave, improve the rights of part-time workers and introduce a new code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures. There will be new regulations dealing with maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave and the right to request flexible working.
Another key document coming into force in 2007 is the revised Disciplinary and Grievance Code.
Some of the key points of the Employment Act 2006 for employers are:
- Most workers will have a right to four weeks leave a year
- Part time workers will be given enhanced rights including continuity of employment rights
- Parents who have had 26 weeks service will have the right to request flexible working hours if they have a child under six-years-old, a disabled child under 18-years-old or a dependent spouse
- All employees are entitled to 26 weeks maternity leave. If an employee has worked for a company for 26 weeks she will be entitled to a further 26 weeks – giving a total entitlement of 52 weeks
- There will be protection for whistleblowers who report any illegal activities by the employers
- Workers who are invited to attend a disciplinary or grievance hearing have a right to be accompanied by a specified companion.
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