The Role of an Employment Law Solicitor

The following article examines the role of an Employment Law Solicitor, the type of work they undertake and the circumstances under which they are needed.

History

Employment Law came into force in Britain during the industrial revolution of the 19th Century. The rise of industrialism meant that workers were increasingly being asked to work longer hours and this led to disputes between factory workers and their employees. As these disputes frequently remained unresolved, LAws covering Employment were introduced in order to protect the interests of workers and ensure that they were not exploited. Employment Law Solicitors came into play as a result of these new laws, in order to fight the case for both employers and employees on employment cases going through the courts.

What is an Employment Law Solicitor?

This type of Solicitor is a legal professional who has been specially trained to deal with issues relating to the legal rights of workers and their employers.

What Does an Employment Law Solicitor Do?

Typically, a Solicitor who specialised in employment will be involved with cases which involve the following aspects of law in the workplace:

Contracts Of Employment – Employment laws state that worker rights and obligations should be outlined in their contract. This should include details of what the worker’s normal duties will comprise of, their wage entitlement, holiday entitlement and required notice period. Where there are disputes over these issues, an appropriate solicitor will be tasked with resolving the situation.

Staff Handbooks – Employers often need to update staff handbooks as technology or working practices change, or roles within the company change. An Employment Law Solicitor can make sure that all staff documentation is legal.

Company Policies -Companies need to make sure that their Disability policies are up to date, and that they are legal. Discriminating against workers or potential workers accidentally because of a poorly written, or out of date policy is still discrimination, and can be disastrous for the company concerned.

Health And Safety – Health and safety is one of the one of the biggest pressures on the modern employer. By law, employers have a responsibility to ensure that their staff have a clean and safe environment to work in. If this is not the case, then companies run the risk of legal action from employees, as facilitated by an Employment Law Solicitor.

Discrimination – Solicitors as often called in to deal with cases involving discrimination on the grounds of age, race, sexual orientation or disability.