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Employment Casework

Employment clients

We act for employees only and never represent employers. In the selection of employment cases we will have regard to whether the applicant is a trade union member and has access to alternative representation through that union or through the union’s legal advisers. If alternative representation could be available, it will not usually be appropriate for the Law Centre to represent.
We will generally provide advice on the merits of an application to, and if appropriate, representation before the Industrial Tribunal. We will also pursue cases to the Court of Appeal and beyond if necessary. Our priority is cases where there is no other representation available.We will not normally take on cases which primarily consist of a matter of discrimination law as the Equality Commission is funded to provide representation in this area.
The Law Centre does not normally represent employees in internal employment matters, such as disciplinary hearings before an employer. However, in recognition of the value of preventative casework, possibly including arbitration, in certain situations we may someWe act for employees only and, under the terms of our Law Society Waiver, cannot act for employers. In the selection of employment cases we will have regard to whether the applicant is a trade union member and has access to alternative representation through that union or through the union's legal advisers. If alternative representation could be available, it will not usually be appropriate for the Law Centre to represent.

The Law Centre's employment legal advice unit advises and represents employees.

We specialise in issues surrounding redundancy, unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, the rights of agency workers, the abuse of zero-hour contracts, the rights of migrant workers, labour exploitation and forced labour. 

We can provide advice on the merits of a case, and if appropriate, representation before the Industrial Tribunal. We will also pursue cases to the Court of Appeal and beyond if necessary. 

Information

Law Centre information guides on employment law issues can be found here.

We also have additional information for migrant workers.

Priorities

Our priority is cases where there is no other representation available. Therefore we will not generally take on cases which primarily consist of a matter of discrimination law as the Equality Commission is funded to provide representation in this area.

The Law Centre does not normally represent employees in internal employment matters, such as disciplinary hearings before an employer. However, in recognition of the value of preventative casework, possibly including arbitration, in certain situations, we may sometimes undertake representation in this field. This is subject to the understanding that the Law Centre will not intervene where it is felt that such involvement might lead to the longer term detriment of the employee.

In 2015 -2016 we will give priority to:

  • cases where statutory rights are recognised as being of such importance that the law protects against unlawful interference in these rights by making it automatically unfair to dismiss employees and/or workers for asserting them.

This is regardless of how long an employee has been working for an employer. It includes dismissals or detrimental treatment relating to assertion of rights such as those relating to national minimum wage, unlawful deduction from wages and holidays under the Working Time legislation;

  • cases involving Transfers of Undertaking and Protection of Employment legislation;
  • cases involving abuse of the practice of lay-off by employers to avoid making redundancy and notice payments;
  • cases involving attempts to avoid providing equal treatment for agency workers;
  • cases involving the exploitation and infringement of the employment rights of migrant workers;
  • cases involving trafficking for labour exploitation; and
  • cases involving abuse of the use of zero hours contracts.

 

 

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