Services for Employers
In today’s day and age, employers are regularly at the receiving end of an ever-increasing onslaught of laws and regulations published for the protection of employees’ rights. Navigating the complex world of employment legislation has practically become a journey through a minefield, with the chance of devastating legal consequences arising every time a decision is made or any action is taken.
The team at Ten Yards Legal recognises that keeping abreast with all ongoing developments in the world of employment legislation is a tedious task at best. Pressure has been mounting on all businesses to get up to speed in this regard, especially for small and medium-sized companies that cannot afford to maintain any form of specialised internal knowhow.
Ten Yards Legal offers employers specialised and industry-oriented advice in simple and clear terms. We offer tailor-made advice which is specific to your particular situation, in an effort to apply the law in light of your company’s requirements.
Employment Advice in simple, clear terms
When a company finds itself in a difficult or ambiguous situation, it is very helpful if it can turn to someone who can provide advice in a simple and straightforward manner.
Ten Yards Legal makes this its mission: advice is offered in simple, understandable terms, leaving the legal jargon out of the equation. It is the philosophy of Ten Yards Legal to differentiate between a working environment and a court environment and to use the right language accordingly.
Employers must feel comfortable in difficult situations and they can only do that if they fully understand the requirements of the law and the consequences of their actions.
Employee Handbooks, Policies and Procedures
Forewarned is forearmed. This maxim has been repeated time over time and, in fairness, we cannot say that it does not hold water.
Companies can be armed not to find themselves in difficult situations. One, of course, cannot say that problems will never arise but employers will face fewer issues if their house is in order.
Ten Yards Legal can help companies organise their employee relations by communicating effectively to have a smooth operational base. They can teach their employees about their legal rights and obligations, and how to follow procedures. All these are usually found in the Company’s Employee Handbook.
Small and medium-sized companies are often at a loss when it comes to Employee Handbooks. Ten Yards Legal can sort all this out for you and prepare customised policies and procedures on sick leave, vacation leave, maternity leave, parental leave, equal opportunities, disciplinary and grievance procedures and any other as required.
Contracts: Employment and Commercial
Every employee is required to have a personalised contract. This means that employers are legally obliged to state the conditions of employment, including sick leave entitlement, the rate of pay, the number of working hours, the payment of overtime under specific circumstances, the right to special leave, amongst other details, in a contract of employment.
On the other hand, companies also have rights which can be specified in an employment contract, such as the right to confidentiality, data protection and the quality of work to be expected. Ten Yards Legal can draw up your employment contracts and personalise them according to each specific case.
Furthermore, most companies also deal with suppliers, subcontractors and consultants. Thus, they will require commercial contracts to ensure that the company’s rights are safeguarded. Ten Yards Legal also covers this area and is more than happy to help companies which require such expertise.
Training, Induction and Specialised
Ten Yards Legal believes that when supervisory and middle management personnel receive suitable training on employee relations, companies are better placed to concentrate on their core competence.
Employers are very enthusiastic in training their front-line employees because they fully acknowledge that no company can survive without an excellent product or service. However, there is often not enough time to train supervisors and middle managers on how to deal with employees, how to approach disciplinary issues, how to keep a look- out to ensure that everyone is treated equally.
Ten Yards Legal can formulate and implement a customised training programme on such matters to help companies fully grasp the importance of good employee relations.
Advice on Harassment and Discrimination Issues
One of the greatest inputs from European law has been the enactment of the Equality for Men and Women Act in 2003, in short known as the Equal Opportunities Act.
Companies sometimes find themselves in difficult situations because they are not aware of provisions regarding recruitment, vacancy advertising, promotion, allocation of overtime and training, harassment and bullying, victimisation and others found in the Equal Opportunities Act.
Ten Yards Legal is considered an expert in this area and is forthcoming with straightforward advice to employers on what is acceptable at law. Furthermore, Ten Yards Legal can carry out internal investigations of allegations of sexual harassment, bullying and victimisation. A report is then submitted to Management, with proof of evidence, if available, and recommendations for the way forward.
Mediation in Disputes
Companies can build a solid foundation by ensuring that all employees are aware of policies and procedures at their place of work. Well-trained supervisors and middle management also shore up the company’s position when dealing with employees.
However, human nature being what it is, a company may sometimes find itself in the middle of a dispute, whether internal or with a union. Of course, a solid foundation will be a great asset in such dealings, but the dispute must be resolved.
Advice on Dismissal and Disciplinary Matters
Internal disciplinary matters are often solved informally between middle management and employees. In fact, there is no better way than a good, honest chat to clarify the air. However, sometimes things get out of hand and formal disciplinary procedures need to be followed.
When disciplinary measures may result in termination of employment, employers are advised to ensure that a proper disciplinary procedure is followed.
There are also cases when the issue heats up and both parties, namely the employer and the employee, bring their own lawyers to the hearing. In such situations, Ten Yards Legal can argue the case for the employer.
In case of dismissals, employers must ensure that they follow a logical procedure before arriving at the final stage. Employees must be informed beforehand if their performance of behaviour is not acceptable before the final decision is taken. Ten Yards Legal can be there with employers all the way, advising and suggesting different avenues for the issue to be resolved in the best way possible for all parties involved.
Ten Yards Legal has experience in cases of unfair dismissal, discrimination, redundancy, whistle-blowing, restraint of trade clauses and compromise agreements, which is bound to add value to employers, in their time of need.
Representation at Industrial Tribunal
Every employee who believes that:
either he/she has been unjustly terminated from work
or that he/she has suffered an alleged employment rights breach
has up to four months to take his/her case to the Industrial Tribunal. Once a case has been registered with the Tribunal, the employer must appear in court to defend the company’s position.
Ten Yards Legal offers representation services at Industrial Tribunals, which do not only include the actual argument of the case but also an in-depth discussion prior to the beginning of the case. There are situations when one realises that conciliation and a negotiated out-of court settlement are better business options than to actually fight the case.