Public and third sector information services
GOV.UK provides extensive information on working, jobs and pensions, covering Armed forces, finding a job, holidays, time off, sick leave, maternity and paternity leave, redundancies, dismissals and disciplinaries, state pension, workplace and personal pensions, your contract and working hours, your pay, tax and the national minimum wage, your rights at work and trade unions.
Citizens Advice provides extensive information on work. When you are in work, you can be faced with many difficult issues, so it is essential to know what your rights are. Here you can find out about those rights and how to solve problems -covering rights at work, leaving a job, problems at work, discrimination at work, rights at work if you’re under 18, accidents at work.
Advicenow offers information top picks for employment, sourced from the best providers, dealing with problems at work, such as unfair dismissal, discrimination, time off, maternity rights, and conditions of employment.
worksmart from the TUC provides a comprehensive guide to employment rights. The site is laid out as a series of fact sheets, each leading to a series of options for more detailed information. The site is free but there is also a section to encourage people to join a union and a “union finder” which lists unions by the industry or business sector.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) is designed to consider appeals from decisions made by Employment Tribunals. An appeal must be on a point of law, ie it must identify flaws in the legal reasoning of the original decision. They will not normally re–examine issues of fact. EAT is a ‘court of record’ i.e. its judgments set precedents and may be used in support of Employment Tribunal claims. The database contains all judgments transcribed from full hearings since 1999 plus selected judgments from other hearings. There is also a section for latest judgments (from the last month). EAT judgments are available on this website as Microsoft Word files or on the BAILII website in html format.
Working Families is a national UK charity. They give free advice to employees on their helpline, 0800 013 0313, about family friendly rights e.g. rights at work for pregnant women and maternity leave and they advise on negotiating flexible working.
Find an adviser
Contact Citizens Advice to speak to someone in person by phone or online chat. You can get free advice for simple problems and they can recommend advisers if your situation is more complex. They also provide information on finding free or affordable legal help.
Find your local Law Centre on the Law Centres Network. All Law Centres offer face-to-face legal advice to local residents, and some run a telephone advice line. All Law Centres specialise in social welfare law.
Find a clinic on the LawWorks Clinics Network which provides free initial advice to individuals on various areas of social welfare law.
Use the Law Society’s Find a Solicitor page to find solicitors in England and Wales.
Use the Law Society of Scotland’s Find a Solicitor page.
Use the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Solicitor Directory.
Other useful sites
Leading UK employment law solicitor, in all areas of employment law, including constructive dismissal, whistle blowing, discrimination at work. The firm helps large corporations, small businesses and individual employees.
Employment Tribunal Claims: tactics and precedents is a blog from barrister Naomi Cunningham to update and supplement her book of the same name. The blog is organised with each posting cross-referenced to the number of the paragraph of the book that it supplements. The book (and the blog) is aimed at claimants in person, unqualified advisers, and inexperienced lawyers. The site also contains links to all the statutory discrimination questionnaires in particular, Disability, Equal Pay, Orientation, Race, Religion or Belief and Sex, which can otherwise be quite hard to track down. The site also has a new page ‘getting advice’ which gives general guidance on where to look for free or affordable employment advice and representation.
Ashby Cohen – London provide a database of information on unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal and redundancy, sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, racial discrimination and many other employment law topics (take the “Lawsearch” option).
Brethertons – Rugby and Banbury, provide useful free fact sheets on employment problems.
Click Solicitors (Buzz Law) – Sheffield – provide information on different types of employment problem for individuals – bullying, discrimination, redundancy etc, and also types of processes that the employee can invoke within the firm, and beyond. There is also a useful blog on the site.
Employ-claims is a site from the specialist Employment Law division of Oxford and Reading firm Pearce West.
Barrister Daniel Barnett is highly regarded for his employment and HR law expertise, representing both employers and employees. He offers an impressive range of free services: his long-established Employment Law Bulletin, issued 2 or 3 times a week, covers new legislation and important employment law cases as soon as they come out; from his website he also delivers his Employment Law Matters Podcasts; he presents his own show on LBC, The Legal Hour with Daniel Barnett; and if that wasn’t enough, he publishes numerous informative videos on his YouTube channel.
Employment Relations Solicitors provide information on Bullying, Harassment and Workplace Stress, Disciplinary hearings and procedures, Making a Grievance complaint, Tribunal Claims, Discrimination Dismissal, Companions and Compromise Agreements.
Employment Tribunal Claims (etclaims.co.uk) is a blog from Naomi Cunningham which supports and updates the book Employment Tribunal Claims: tactics & precedents (2nd ed. LAG September 2007) by her and Michael Reed.
Got-the-boot.com is a site set up by Morris Legal (Solicitors) Ltd. The site provides free information on employment law relating to dismissal and Employment Tribunals. The user fills up a form about the situation and receives initial advice and a quotation for further work.
Hallett Employment Law Services – Lutterworth, Leicestershire, offer a large number of free factsheets on their site on a whole range of employment law topics. They also provide documents for sale on their site, aimed at small/medium sized business clients. These documents cover issues like redundancy and disciplinary procedures and various policies, such as ones dealing with smoking, use of IT e-mail and Internet, and Harassment and Bullying.
Leigh, Day & Co – London, provide summaries of many areas of employment law, with updates and RSS feed available for receiving regular information.
Martin Kaye of Telford in Shropshire, have two specialist sites providing information on employment topics: www.alpha-hr.co.uk (employment law protection), and employeesos.co.uk (for employees with a problem).
Nationwide Employment Lawyers have over twenty years experience in employment law claims including discrimination of all types, unfair dismissal, redundancy, compromise agreements, bullying and harassment, stress claims and whistleblowing. They have descriptions of many types of employment issue on their site, together with a FAQ (eg what is unfair dismissal), articles on current developments and case studies.
Pattinson Brewer – London, Chatham, Bristol and York, offers a series of online “pocket guides” to maternity rights, the disability discrimination act, the rights of casual, temporary and fixed term employees, TUPE, protection from harrassment and labour law updates for trade unions.
Peninsula publish a wide range of Guides to employment law topics, as well as booklet downloads and a blog. The Guides cover Contracts & documentation, Employee relations, Equality, Hiring, Leave and absence, Management of health & safety, Occupational health, Plant & equipment safety, Tax, Termination and Workplace safety.
Reculver Solicitors provide a great deal of information on many topics for employees and employers. There is a particularly useful feature called “Calculate your statutory redundancy pay”. This calculates your entitlement to a statutory redundancy payment, your statutory entitlement to notice (or payment in lieu of notice) and provides a comparison with what you might get if your selection for redundancy is unfair, and if it takes you six months to find suitable alternative employment.
SettlementAgreement.org is a site dedicated to Settlement Agreements. There is a great deal of information on this topic and you can email for free initial advice.
Sherbornes of Cheltenham provide an in-depth coverage of legal developments in the employment area. These updates can also be received by email.
Tribunal Claim provide employment representation to employees throughout the UK. They provide information on many types of employment issue including tribunals.
Withers offer employmentrights.co.uk, which relates to maternity and paternity rights and also adoption leave rights, with calculators which can be used online or downloaded to your own computer. Extensive notes are provided with the calculations to ensure that the right options are taken.
BBM Solicitors – Edinburgh & Wick, provides Scottish employment law information for both employees and employers on topics ranging from unfair dismissal and breach of contract to employment tribunal representation and settlement agreements.
Miller Samuel Hill Brown Solicitors – Glasgow, shares useful Scottish employment law information for both businesses and individuals, regarding discipline in the workplace, unfair dismissal, bullying in the workplace, family friendly rights, redundancy and more. They also maintain a regular employment law blog here.
The Glasgow Law Practice – Glasgow, provides employment law advice for people across Scotland on settlement agreements, whistleblowing, contracts of employment, discrimination, social media and the law and more.
CompactLaw provides legal documents for sale online and a lot of free legal information.
Employment Solicitors UK provide information on many aspects of employment law.
Hatton James Legal provides information on many employment topics for employers and for employees.
Settlement Agreements provides articles and guides on this topic. There is a Frequently Asked questions (FAQ) section and you can ask your own question.
WorkingRights covers employee rights at work from discrimination through to what action someone can take when faced with losing their job.