Make Friends with Employment Law in this Easy How-to Guide

Whether you’re an employer or an employee, your behaviour in the workplace must comply with the letter of the law at all times. If not, you could fall headfirst into shark-infested waters. If you find yourself in a sticky spot law-wise, don’t panic! This guide will help you understand if you have a case that’ll open easily or is sealed shut with a rusty padlock.


Get to Grips with the Law

Employment law is a complex beast. The complexity of employment law leaves many of us dazed and confused as we attempt to understand its subtle nuances. Let’s face it – you’re never going to beat the age-old legal system armed with just a thesaurus and a few dodgy Internet links! So don’t attempt to singlehandedly tame the beast.

Call in the Professionals

Solicitors get paid big bucks. Why? Because they know the law. Inside and out. As mere mortals, we struggle to differentiate between a dismissal and disciplinary procedure. A solicitor however, can provide the answer while simultaneously reading a newspaper and sipping a cup of coffee! Nothing beats experience and expertise, so book an appointment to see an employment law expert who has this in spades.

State your Case

Are you an employee with a grievance? Or an employer tasked with dealing with a work-related issue? Either way, clearly state your case to your solicitor. Be open and honest; trusting them to assist you without judgement.

Build your Case

As you narrate the particulars of your situation, your solicitor can begin to build your case. They will fight your corner using requisite statutes and tortes. Help them to swing the scales of justice in your favour by giving them as much information as you can. Dates, times, locations – any such particulars can help strengthen your position.

Present your Case

You now understand where you stand in relation to the law. It’s time to present your case. Be confident in expressing your position calmly and intelligently. Depending on the situation, it may be possible to ask someone else to accompany you to the meeting. Typically a trade union representative from your firm is chosen. Or else pick someone in a neutral position able to objectively see both sides of the argument. Whoever you choose should be clued up about employment law so pick your supporter with care.   

Admit a Lost Cause

If you have acted outside the confines of the law, it will be difficult to form a watertight case. Understand when the law has you banged to rights and be prepared to concede defeat when necessary.

Once you understand how employment law affects you, you’ll begin to understand its power to protect and defend. Indeed, when it is on your side, employment law will become your new best friend.

In an ideal world, it is best to avoid having to come face to face with the beast at all. So if you’re an employer, treat your employees well. And if you are an employee, learn to play by the rules and no one will get hurt.  

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