Throughout its ten year history, Verisona Law has shared its knowledge, expertise and guidance with employers ranging from large corporate businesses and football clubs, to family businesses and niche sectors. To mark the firm’s tenth anniversary, here are the top ten issues we believe employers need to be aware of and confident in dealing with for the successful management of their staff.
- Contracts - from dress code and punctuality to working hours and breaks, do your company’s employment contracts cover all your expectations of an employee in a legally binding agreement?
- Policies - are staff aware of all company standards, practices and procedures? If not, could a staff handbook or online space be helpful for employees to refer to?
- Diversity & Discrimination - are all those responsible for the employment, management and welfare of staff up-to-date with the latest legislation in these areas?
- Equal Pay - a hugely topical, widely publicised and nationally debated topic at the moment. Are you aware of your company’s record and current position on this issue?
- Disciplinaries & Disputes - are your company procedures legally compliant? Have you access to experienced mediators? Are you handling issues of bad behaviour appropriately, effectively and within legal guidelines?
- Dismissal - potentially the biggest legal minefield for employers which must be handled with the utmost care and diligence. Are you confident in such situations? Do you know who to call for support?
- Redundancy - in redundancy proceedings, employers must always be able to prove an employee’s role is no longer needed, alternatives have been offered when appropriate and every effort has been made to support the individual. Does your company know its obligations?
- Unions - representations from, negotiations with and resolutions coming from meetings with trade unions should be well prepared for in order for them to be efficient and productive.
- Flexible and part-time Working - from remote working to the engagement of self-employed freelancers, the working landscape is changing dramatically. What constitutes an employee? What are your obligations?
- Foreign Workers - with Brexit causing concerns for European workers in the UK and the talk of favour being shown to potential employees from other parts of the world, are you confident your company is on top of the future of hiring of foreign workers?
Here are the types of cases we handle:
- Contracts of Employment
- Employer Staff Handbooks
- Redundancy Process
- Breach of Contract
- Breach of Restrictive Covenants
- Tribunal Claims
- Settlement Agreements
- Consultancy Agreements
Sports and Football Law
- Contracts of Employment
- Service Agreements
- Contractual Issues
- Executive Departures
"Over the years, I have developed a great trust in my working relationship with Mike Dyer, Head of Commercial Law at Verisona. One of the things I value most is that he is always at the end of a phone. On the rare occasions he is unavailable, his secretary is always well informed and very helpful. Through Mike, I have met many other members of Verisona and, just like in the recruitment industry, they understand the importance of being treated like an individual. They make me feel valued and important to both them and their business. At Verisona, you always deal with real people who you know and are in a position to help. Most importantly, Verisona delivers. We recently had an urgent situation regarding the restrictive covenants of new members of staff. Employment specialist Susan Ball came in on a day off to listen to us, dissect and analyse the situation, and translate what we wanted to achieve into the best possible legal language and solution. This is just one example of the calm, efficient professionalism I have come to value from Verisona over the years. Verisona has a refreshing approach to the law. They are there when we need them, always easy to talk to, go out of their way to make sure that we understand what they are doing for us and why, and always get the best results".
Legally enforcing the tribunal award
To enforce the Tribunal award we applied to the Defendant’s local County Court for it to be registered and for permission to enforce the award.
The Court granted the application and on the Register of Judgments, Orders and Fines. As a result the Tribunal award would appear as a County Court Judgment which would likely affect the Defendant’s credit rating.
Time limits for enforcing Tribunal awards
It is worth noting that there is no time restriction for registering or enforcing a Tribunal award. You can enforce one even if it is several years old. In addition, it is usually possible to claim interest on the amount until you receive payment.
A commercial business
"Thanks for all your help on this - you've been so helpful to me in guiding and explaining everything, so just to say thank you for obviously helping represent my case but also allowing me to understand the process and giving me greater awareness of what I need to be mindful of when signing future contracts".
Former employee of professional football club
Sue was easy to deal with and offered all options available. Jane was in contact beforehand to tell me what information was needed and Sue was prepared for our meeting. I cannot praise Sue and Jane enough and would have absolutely no hesitation in reommending Sue and her team.