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Employment Law For Companies

Loch Law

Employment Law Services for Employers

We understand that you want to focus on running your business. If you’re faced with an employment dispute, we know how important it is to have the right legal support in place.

We can provide commercial employment law advice with practical solutions to help resolve any employment issues or defend your position successfully. We can support you with:

Employment Law for Employers:

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Investigations, claims, disciplinary and grievances

Disciplinary and grievances

As an employer you are required by law to ensure your employees have access to a fair and reasonable process for raising grievances and that you manage disciplinary issues. Our experts can work with to you develop fair and robust procedures to also ensure that your employees understand what is expected of them.  We can manage grievances when they arise to help you maintain relationships and minimise the risk of a costly exit and Employment Tribunal claim.

Corporate investigations

Often, when an accident, workplace injury, or a claim of wrongdoing occurs, establishing the facts is necessary in order to plan the appropriate course of action. Our lawyers can undertake a corporate investigation, one that is impartial and establishes all of the facts in a timely and sensitive manner.

Employment Tribunals

We know that being faced with an Employment Tribunal claim can be stressful, distracting and a time-consuming task.  Whether you are faced with a straightforward claim for unfair dismissal or something more complex, we can support and guide you through every stage of the process.

As experts in managing Employment Tribunal claims we will always provide you early on with a realistic assessment of the case and the prospects of success.  We’ll combine this with commercial and strategic advice to ensure the best possible outcome for your business.

Managing investigations and inquiries

Our employee investigation and inquiry expertise means that we can either be appointed to carry out an investigation, ensuring independent scrutiny, or we can guide you through how to handle internal investigations and project reviews.  We can also use our expertise to review investigations completed by others in a Court or Tribunal setting.  Every investigation is different, and we can provide a bespoke service based on your business needs.

Dispute resolution

At Loch Dispute Resolution, we know dealing with any dispute can be disruptive and costly for you and your business. We always ensure our advice is commercially sensitive to your requirements, working in the most cost-effective way to limit the impact on you and your business. To help achieve this we also offer a retained service to help you spread the cost of dealing with disputes as well as enabling you to access all our services at discounted rates across the Loch Associates Group.

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Protecting your business and your data

Contracts and service agreements

Having the right contractual documents in place is a vital part of protecting your business, and there are specific obligations that you have as an employer. We can work with you to create bespoke contracts of employment or Service Agreements which satisfy these obligations whilst protecting your business.

We can develop a range of contracts, including Executive Service Agreements, contracts of employment, fixed term contracts, casual worker agreements and zero hour contracts. If you need trainee or apprenticeship agreements or consultancy agreements, we can help with them too.

Our agreements can help you manage risks and will be designed to protect your business with tailored restrictive covenants, confidentiality clauses, intellectual property clauses, and defamatory comments, social media, and flexibility and mobility clauses.

Data protection and GDPR

Are you compliant with data protection legislation? We can work with you to audit your HR, Marketing and IT data collection, processing and storage to assess your compliance with GDPR, and provide you with guidance on how to manage the data protection risks to your business. We can also provide training to your staff so they understand the role they play in protecting the information your business holds.

Data subject access requests (DSARs)

The receipt of a Data Subject Access Request (DSA) from an employee or ex-employee can provide significant challenges for any business. With only one month to meet your legal obligations to evaluate a potentially enormous quantity of emails and other digital records, it’s not uncommon for an organisation to feel somewhat overwhelmed.

With our expertise in data protection law, we can also minimise your costs and legalities. This ensures that the handling of your DSAR request is not just fully compliant, but also cost-effective.

Employment contracts, policies and handbooks

Clear and fair documentation underpins all employment relationships. We can work with you to develop the ideal contracts and agreements for your staff, as well as the policies and procedures you need to comply with your obligations as an employer. Your policies and handbook will help your staff understand what is expected of them and help you ensure your business runs smoothly.

We can also review your existing documentation to ensure it is fit for purpose and provide recommendations on how you could improve it.

Employment status

The employment status of your staff determines their legal rights and entitlements, and your obligations as an employer. If you’re unsure about the correct status of your staff, we can review the relationship and ensure your contracts and agreements accurately reflect the reality of your relationship. We’ll help you determine whether your staff are employees, workers, office holders or self-employed. We can also provide strategic advice and guidance on the different types of status.

Post termination restrictive covenants and confidentiality

Post termination restrictive covenants are contractual clauses which aim to restrict a former employee’s ability to join a competitor, or set up in competition with you, after leaving your employment. Typical restrictive covenants will also extend to prevent your former employees from contacting your customers to take business or approaching your staff to poach them.

We can work with you to develop the right clauses for your business, ensuring they adequately protect your interests and are enforceable, if needed, by the Courts.

Whistleblowing

We can help you to draft and communicate a clear whistleblowing policy, or if an employee is claiming that they have indeed been unfairly treated, we can provide mediation, assist with settlement agreements and represent your interests in an employment tribunal.

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Employee management

Absence management

We can help you with effective absence management to minimise the impact absences can have on your business. We’ll ensure you have effective processes and policies in place and can manage staff absences.

The types of absence we can help you with include:

  • Sickness and disability
  • Unauthorised absence
  • Compassionate leave or public service duties
  • Maternity, Paternity or Adoption leave

Performance management

We can provide you with the tools to effectively manage your staff so you can minimise the risk of poor performance. If you have concerns around the ability of your staff we can assist you in implementing a Performance Management process, help create development plans and identify appropriate monitoring and assessments. Our experts can also assist provide advice and guidance on exiting an employee so you can minimise the risk and cost to your business.

Equality impact assessments

The solicitors at Loch Law can guide you through the process of undertaking an equality impact assessment, highlighting the benefits, which include unlocking talent that might otherwise be overlooked.

Managing disability

The Equality Act 2010 makes it illegal to discriminate against any worker on the grounds of a disability. The Act places the responsibility on an employer to consider and make reasonable adjustments for employees, helping them to overcome disadvantages that result from their disability. Failure to do so could expose your business to discrimination claims.

By understanding your legal obligations and how to address the needs of disabled members of staff, you can help protect your business whilst also creating a fairer and more productive work environment for everyone.

Flexible working requests

Loch Law can help you navigate the ACAS code of handling flexible working requests, minimising the risk of claims. Beyond helping your organisation define a standardised process for dealing with flexible working requests, Loch Law can assist you with individual cases, helping to provide pragmatic advice as to the commercial viability of any request.

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Equality and discrimination

Discrimination

We can provide you with expert advice and guidance on all forms of discrimination and how to avoid claims against your business. We can provide clear policies and procedures and deliver training to your staff to help prevent discrimination. If you do get a claim, we can provide advice on how to deal with it. We’re also experienced at successfully defending discrimination claims at Employment Tribunal.

Corporate investigations

Often, when an accident, workplace injury, or a claim of wrongdoing occurs, establishing the facts is necessary in order to plan the appropriate course of action. Our lawyers can undertake a corporate investigation, one that is impartial and establishes all of the facts in a timely and sensitive manner.

Working time regulations

Our team of expert employment lawyers can work with you to identify what activities constitute ‘working time’ within a given role, before drafting employment contracts that minimise the risk of ambiguity and subsequent disputes. Employers can also benefit from our assistance in navigating due process in each case where staff wish to ‘opt out’ of WTRs.

Equal pay and wages

Loch Law can provide timely assistance to fulfil this legal requirement, and help to ensure that pay legislation is adhered to within your organisation. This may include conducting a full evaluation of staff roles and their corresponding salaries, as well as addressing or justifying discrepancies where necessary.

Family and pregnancy

The law on family friendly policies, maternity and paternity leave and flexible working is constantly evolving. We are able to guide you through the legislation and provide practical and useful advice to help you meet your duties as an employer, whilst minimising any potential disruption to your business. We can advise you on how to manage flexible working requests, maternity and shared parental leave as well as employee’s rights, for example when receiving IVF treatment. We can create the policies you need to manage your business effectively.

Gender pay gap reporting

We can help you to gather the data for a Gender Pay Gap Report, draft a supporting narrative and an action plan, before publishing and uploading the report to your website and the government portal.

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Restructuring and Exits

Managing and negotiating employee exits

Employment may end for a variety of reasons, and we are experts in negotiating the exit of employees whilst minimising the cost to your business. We can advise on the correct process to follow to reduce the risk of claims, develop strategies for exiting difficult employees and mediate your negotiations to reach an agreement. Where there is a risk of claims to your business, we will provide advice and guidance on managing this risk and help defend your position if a claim ends up at Employment Tribunal.

Redundancy and business restructuring

Redundancy is one way to reduce the number of employees you have, either within the business as a whole or within a particular site, business unit or function. We can provide strategic guidance on whether to consider redundancies for your business, and how deal with the selection and consultancy process. Our scripts and letters can help you manage each stage of the process to avoid a costly exit.

Settlement agreements

A Settlement Agreement is a legally binding agreement that sets out the exit terms agreed between an employer and an employee. Our experts can help you with the negotiation and drafting of Settlement Agreements, as well as facilitating a confidential, amicable and speedy exit, whilst minimising disruption to your business.

TUPE

(Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations)

TUPE applies to the purchase, sale or merger of a business, or if there is as transfer of a contract to a new service provider. We can provide guidance on your obligations under TUPE Regulations as well as strategic advice on the implications to your business. We can also help you manage consultations or due diligence processes and review employee contracts and terms and conditions.

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Immigration & Work Visas

Immigration & Work Visas

We can assist your business with workplace immigration issues, including applying for, and managing your Sponsorship Licence, as well as assisting the individual move forward with their Visa application.

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