Employment Law update

Advice for Employers

Allsop Durn can provide your business with sensible, no-nonsense cost-effective advice at every stage of the employment relationship – from recruitment to termination, including:

  • Drafting contracts of employment, staff handbooks and policies
  • Managing disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Redundancies and TUPE transfers
  • Drafting settlement agreements at the end of the employment relationship
  • Defending proceedings in the Employment Tribunal or County Court

Advice for Employees

If you are an employee, and require advice about an issue at work, contact Allsop Durn to discuss how we can help. Common issues include:

  • Advising on a new contract
  • Acting as independent adviser in a Settlement Agreement
  • Raising a grievance
  • Defending disciplinary proceedings
  • Bringing a claim in the employment tribunal or county court
  • Unfair and constructive dismissals, redundancy and TUPE transfers
  • Post-termination restrictions

Coronavirus and mental health at work

Whether you are going to work, working from home, or on ‘furlough’, you may be finding it hard to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic. For example, you may be working longer hours, be under pressure, have childcare responsibilities or find it difficult and isolating to cope with minimal social contact. There is no right or wrong way to feel in your situation. But some common feelings may include stress or anxiety.

If your mental health is being affected, then it’s particularly important to talk to your employer about how you are feeling. Your manager may be able to give you extra support. Remember, your Employer has a ‘duty of care’. This means they must do all they reasonably can to support your health, safety and wellbeing.

To help support your wellbeing you can:

  • stay in contact with people – talk to colleagues or friends about how you’re feeling. If you’re working from home perhaps plan a coffee break at the same time and meet up online to talk about things other than work
  • have a routine so you plan in advance what you’ll be doing each day
  • keep active and exercise
  • make time for activities you enjoy
  • reflect on what helps you feel more positive and what does not
  • consider whether a change in your working pattern might help, for example a change to your start and finish time – if so discuss it with your manager.

MIND UK

The mental health charity Mind UK produces free guides (Wellness Action Plans) for line managers and employees aimed at encouraging mangers and their teams to begin difficult conversations about mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

The guides are available from Mind UK’s website:

www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-at-work/taking-care-of-your-staff/useful-resources/

Mike Bank

Senior Associate Solicitor heads our Employment Law department, advising both Employees and Employers.

Contact Mike to discuss how we can assist with an Employment related issue on 01895 612400 or email mblank@allsopdurn.co.uk

Our solicitors provide personalised guidance and experienced representation throughout the legal process, always working towards your best possible outcome.