Losing a job can cause a huge amount of upset for anybody, especially at this time of year when expenses can be high. It can be even more stressful if you believe you’ve been unfairly dismissed by your employer. The good news is that UK Employment Law is relatively clear when it comes to matters of unfair dismissal and issues in the workplace.
Here at We Talk Law, we want to help you reduce your worry, and so we’ve written this short guide to unfair dismissal. Below are 6 things you should know about Unfair Dismissal.
1. Don’t panic
If you feel you have been unfairly dismissed, the first thing you need to do is not panic. Whilst completely understandable, it’s important to keep calm, take stock, gather your notes together, and seek legal advice so you know what your options are.
2. Follow procedure
An employer must have a good reason for dismissing you. Your employer also needs to make sure that they have followed the company’s formal dismissal or disciplinary processes to the letter. You should have been made aware of these at the beginning of your employment, and been given copies for your records.
3. Time limits
If you feel you’ve been treated unfairly, and wish to make a claim, you need to be aware of the time limits. Compared to other areas of law, Employment Law has shorter time periods and limitation dates. Any legal action must be issued within 3 months of your dismissal.
4. Maintain communication
We understand it can be difficult keeping emotion out of the situation when you feel you’ve been treated unfairly, but it’s important not to ignore your employer after your dismissal and abide by the company’s employment and dismissal procedures. Ignoring letters or invitations to appeal meetings can harm your case if you decide to make a claim. Keep copies of all correspondence, as it will be useful when preparing your case.
5. Funding a claim
Legal proceedings can be expensive, and unfortunately Legal Aid is not available for employment claims. However, some insurance policies, such as your home insurance, may actually cover legal expenses. It’s worth investigating this if you’re worried about funding your case.
6. Try to seek a compromise
Most importantly, we also recommend trying to seek an alternative resolution to the problem if you can. If you can reach a comprise with your employer, known as a ‘Compromise Agreement’, it may save both parties a lot of time and undue stress.
If you believe you have been unfairly dismissed, or an employer who wants to know more about grievance and dismissal procedures, then talk to We Talk Law. Our solicitors are always ready to help. Call us today on 0203 002 4898 or email [email protected].