Employment Law for Individuals
At Aeris Employment Law we pride ourselves in understanding the perspective of any individual, however senior and experienced, and their employee rights when pitted against the vast resources of an organisation. With that in mind, Karin Henson, our highly experienced solicitor, is here to help you with straightforward and clear advice on all employment issues.
We understand how difficult it is to be ‘David’ up against ‘Goliath’ and every step of the way we will explain your legal position and offer you practical solutions. We are conscious of the effect employment issues have on the individual and seek to ease this through open communication and clear advice, working hard to resolve your issue successfully.
We can help you review the terms of your exciting new job
Where we really come into our own is when times become more challenging. When your employment relationship is threatened, we understand how upsetting, difficult and frightening this can become. We will identify whether what is happening potentially breaches any employment rules, what you need and how we can help you to achieve it. We can help you on all aspects of employment law, including :
- dismissal and disciplinary
- raising a grievance
- performance management
- flexible working requests
- how the use of social media can get you into trouble
- settlement agreements and executive severance arrangements
- bullying and harassment
- breach of contract
Aeris Employment Law can also advise you regarding pregnancy and work, maternity leave, paternity leave and flexible working. Before bringing a tribunal claim, you will have to engage with ACAS to see if a conciliation can be reached; this is called Early Conciliation.
When the relationship breaks down
Where an employment relationship is not going well, you may find yourself offered what is known as a settlement agreement. They used to be called compromise agreements.
The aim behind a settlement agreement is to bring employment to an end and the agreement will stop you as the employee from bringing a claim against your employer. By way of compensation, your employer will usually offer you an incentive to sign the agreement – this is usually a sum of money but it can also be a benefit/agreed reference.
A settlement agreement will only be valid if you take independent legal advice. We are based in Solihull but help individual employees both in the West Midlands area and nationally. We will clearly explain what the agreement says and what its impact is on you. Your employer will usually contribute a sum of money towards your costs of taking legal advice.
Being offered a settlement agreement can be stressful and upsetting. We will provide all the support you need to manage this process effectively. Find out more information on settlement agreements here
If problems do arise, you need dedicated employment law experts to advise you on the best way to protect yourself. We have successfully represented employees, workers, contractors and partners in all types of claims, from disability discrimination and unfair dismissal to unlawful deduction of wages and breach of contract.