When you are running a business, your staff are at the heart of it. Unfortunately, sometimes things do not always work as you expect and an employee or someone else may bring a tribunal claim against your business. Their claim may be in relation to their Pay, their Dismissal or they believe that they have been discriminated against.
Defending Unfair & Wrongful Dismissal Claims
Defending an employment tribunal claim can be very stressful and time-consuming. If you do receive a claim you must respond within a set time frame. However, you will want to focus on making your business a success - this is where we come in. We can help you deal with the claim, this can be on the basis that we fully deal with the claim on your behalf or you can ask us for advice on how best to proceed.
Our Employment Solicitors are experts in defending claims and have a wide range of experiences in successfully resolving employment claims. Our team will assist you in dealing with a claim raised against you or with an ongoing issue with an employee.
Additionally, our unfair and wrongful dismissal defence solicitors can give you the potential options for dealing with any issues and will be able to guide you in the right direction. We will also consider the needs of your business and help you decide which is the most commercially viable option.
When do you need to respond to the claimant?
When an employee, who has been employed for at least 2 years, has been dismissed they can request a written statement outlining the reasons for which they were dismissed. As an employer, you must provide this statement within 14 days of the dismissal.
The Tribunal is an independent body set up listen to any grievance raised at a hearing before deciding on the outcome of the hearing. If the Claimant is successful the tribunal may order that you pay them compensation or to reinstate the Claimant.
ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) will also try to assist in resolving the matter with a process called conciliation. This is where both parties try to resolve the dispute by agreement without the tribunal’s help. This is generally a cheaper method for resolving claims.
If you would like to know the likely costs of defending a claim for unfair or wrongful dismissal claims, then please click here.
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