The Law Centre's employment legal advice unit advises and represents employees.
We specialise in issues surrounding redundancy, unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, the rights of agency workers, the abuse of zero-hour contracts, the rights of migrant workers, labour exploitation and forced labour.
We can provide advice on the merits of a case, and if appropriate, representation before the Industrial Tribunal. We will also pursue cases to the Court of Appeal and beyond if necessary.
We also have additional information for migrant workers.
Our priority is cases where there is no other representation available. Therefore we will not generally take on cases which primarily consist of a matter of discrimination law as the Equality Commission is funded to provide representation in this area.
The Law Centre does not normally represent employees in internal employment matters, such as disciplinary hearings before an employer. However, in recognition of the value of preventative casework, possibly including arbitration, in certain situations, we may sometimes undertake representation in this field. This is subject to the understanding that the Law Centre will not intervene where it is felt that such involvement might lead to the longer term detriment of the employee.
In 2015 -2016 we will give priority to:
- cases where statutory rights are recognised as being of such importance that the law protects against unlawful interference in these rights by making it automatically unfair to dismiss employees and/or workers for asserting them.
This is regardless of how long an employee has been working for an employer. It includes dismissals or detrimental treatment relating to assertion of rights such as those relating to national minimum wage, unlawful deduction from wages and holidays under the Working Time legislation;
- cases involving Transfers of Undertaking and Protection of Employment legislation;
- cases involving abuse of the practice of lay-off by employers to avoid making redundancy and notice payments;
- cases involving attempts to avoid providing equal treatment for agency workers;
- cases involving the exploitation and infringement of the employment rights of migrant workers;
- cases involving trafficking for labour exploitation; and
- cases involving abuse of the use of zero hours contracts.