Collective labour issues continue to be prevalent as, despite more positive economic conditions, businesses continue to implement collective redundancies and reorganisations.
If 20 or more redundancies are proposed in a business, or if there is going to be a sale of a business or outsourcing of a service, stringent obligations apply to an employer to tell employees about the plans and to consult. There are also significant financial penalties for non-compliance.
This is known as collective consultation and we are experts at advising on collective consultation obligations and when these obligations have not been met.
We are able to advise employee representatives and groups of employees in relation to the requirements and practicalities of information and consultation exercises, with a view to equipping employees and their representatives to achieve the best outcome.
Our Employment lawyers are also able to advise on cases in the Employment Tribunal where there has been an employer failure to comply with obligations to inform and consult in connection with collective redundancies and TUPE.
Another area where we can help is with collective labour issues, particularly group grievances or group disputes.
Recent examples of our work in this area include:
- Training employee representatives so they could represent a large workforce facing significant numbers of redundancies in an education organisation;
- Acting for a group of part-time cabin crew employees in a claim of indirect sex discrimination;
- Acting for a group of over 40 employees in complex proceedings for unpaid wages, notice monies, unfair dismissal and protective awards for failure to consult (over a period of 4 years) arising out of a business transfer following insolvency;
- Acting in a multi-party Tribunal claim involving three individuals claiming they were protected by TUPE and that there had been a failure to consult;
- Representing a group of airline employees in a collective grievance following a transfer of employment;
- Acting for various clients (including an airline and a retail client) in relation to claims in connection with TUPE (the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006).
If you would like assistance in relation to any collective or group issues, please contact a member of our Employment team.
Why use Myerson’s Employment Team?
Our specialist team of employment solicitors is described in the independent Legal 500 directory as “excellent”. In addition, both Partners in our team are recommended by the Legal 500. Therefore, you can be reassured that you will deal with some of the best employment solicitors in the country.
We are determined and robust on your behalf, but also easy to deal with and clear in our advice. We will fight your corner but understand that a common sense approach is often required in order to find solutions that work for you in the context of your professional and personal circumstances.
Collectively, we have over fifty years’ experience of providing strategic employment law advice to senior individuals and others facing difficult work-place issues and who need support and guidance in:
- understanding their legal rights and their practical options; and
- achieving the best possible outcome, whether at the start, during or at the end of their working relationship.
Our ethos is to provide our clients with an alternative to the major regional and national firms by offering high quality legal advice from highly experienced, specialist lawyers, but on a much more cost-effective basis.
In particular, we offer:
- Clear and straightforward advice.
- Cost-effective support and certainty on costs where you need it.
- Extensive experience of advising senior executives, directors, partners and others with complex employment concerns, including discrimination issues and group claims.
- A credible team that is used to dealing with and acting against large employers and law firms on behalf of our clients.
Our approach to costs
We know that clarity on costs is vitally important to our clients. As standard practice, we give our clients an estimate of the costs involved in undertaking any piece of work at the outset. We then provide costs updates on a regular basis.
We work closely with our clients to ensure that we meet their expectations both in terms of their objectives for a particular piece of work and in relation to costs. In addition, we are happy to discuss fixed fees and retainer arrangements if that is helpful to you.
How We Can Help
A member of our specialist team will be happy to help.
To discuss Collective Labour Issues issues, please either use the contact form on the right, email us at email@example.com or call us today on +44(0)161 941 4000 to speak to a member of our team.