This year has been and remains one of the toughest for lots of employers. Many have found themselves needing to make difficult decisions in relation to their employees, often whilst under significant financial or time pressure and in the face of economic uncertainty brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
If your organisation finds itself in such a position, it’s vital you seek employment law advice on the facts of your situation before taking any action. The most recent employment tribunal statistics show that single employment tribunal claims increased by 18% in April to June this year compared to the same time last year.
As employees have many rights it’s important to make any decisions with knowledge of the employment law implications. Where advice is not sought, it can lead to employers taking action which they later regret. This can in particular happen where an employer:
- Is unaware that there is a process which should be followed, for example when making redundancies;
- Is unaware of the implications of ‘cutting a few corners’ when dealing with a matter;
- Is unaware of a particular legal right, such as it being automatically unfair to dismiss an employee for certain reasons, for example dismissing a woman because she is pregnant, dismissing an employee because they have refused to attend work because of a reasonable belief of an imminent danger to their health and safety or because they have ‘blown the whistle’;
- Is unfamiliar with what an employment tribunal considers when deciding whether a dismissal is fair or not.
Whilst it can be tempting to rush to take action whilst under pressure, seeking employment law advice on your situation will be time well spent and ensure you have the facts you need to make informed decisions about the situation you are facing.
If you have an employment law matter you would like assistance with, please do not hesitate to contact Kingfisher Professional Services Ltd as we are here to help.