Employment

TMJ can advise on the following:

Unfair dismissal claims
Discrimination claims
Redundancy claims
Settlement agreements
Wages claims
Disputes and grievances with your employer

We have an experienced team of lawyers who can assist you with employment problems. We will undertake no win no fee work in suitable cases.

Our friendly team will normally offer a free interview to discuss your problem.

1. Is there a time limit for applying to an Employment Tribunal?

Yes there is and a brief summary of the time limits are as follows:-
(a) Unfair dismissal claims – 3 months from the date of dismissal. As an example if you are dismissed on 30th March you mu...



Yes there is and a brief summary of the time limits are as follows:-
(a) Unfair dismissal claims – 3 months from the date of dismissal. As an example if you are dismissed on 30th March you must make an application to an Employment Tribunal on or before 29th June (3 months less one day).
(b) Unfair dismissal discrimination claims – the time limit again is 3 months but this time the time limit runs from the alleged act of discrimination.
(c) Redundancy – the time limit for applying to an Employment Tribunal for a redundancy payment is 6 months from the date of dismissal.
The time limit can be affected if your claim is subject to the ACAS pre-action conciliation rules.

2. What is ACAS pre-action conciliation?

ACAS pre-action conciliation was introduced to try and resolve employment disputes quickly and effectively before the issue of any proceedings to the Employment Tribunal. Before the Employment Trib...



ACAS pre-action conciliation was introduced to try and resolve employment disputes quickly and effectively before the issue of any proceedings to the Employment Tribunal. Before the Employment Tribunal can issue a claim you must have contacted ACAS and gone through a pre-action conciliation procedure and have received a certificate from ACAS that you have done so. This certificate must be presented to the Tribunal before they will issue a claim. In certain circumstances going to ACAS can extend the time limits for making claims. This is quite a complex area and TMJ will be able to advise you on your individual circumstances.

3. What is a settlement agreement?

A settlement agreement is a contract that is used to compromise certain potential employment claims you may have normally following the termination of your employment. A settlement agreement is a c...



A settlement agreement is a contract that is used to compromise certain potential employment claims you may have normally following the termination of your employment. A settlement agreement is a contract between you and your employer normally containing provisions that you, the employee, will receive a payment from the employer in consideration of not taking any action in an Employment Tribunal or any other court against your employer. Settlement agreements are normally enforceable as contracts and it is a legal requirement for the employee to receive independent legal advice. As a result of this it is normal for employers to pay a contribution towards the employer’s legal costs in relation to a settlement agreement. TMJ are very experienced in advising on settlement agreements and try, as far as possible, to carry out any work that is required within the costs contribution set by the employer.

4. I think I have a claim, what do I do?

TMJ offer a free initial interview to discuss any potential claims and will give you advice in relation to what type of claims you may have and the prospects of success of those claims. TMJ can be...



TMJ offer a free initial interview to discuss any potential claims and will give you advice in relation to what type of claims you may have and the prospects of success of those claims. TMJ can be contacted on (01429) 235616, email enquiries@tmjlegal.co.uk

5. If I have to start legal proceedings in an Employment Tribunal, what do I do?

To commence a claim in an Employment Tribunal you must fill out either online or by hand a claim form known as an ET1. This must be filed with the Employment Tribunal within the relevant time limits.



To commence a claim in an Employment Tribunal you must fill out either online or by hand a claim form known as an ET1. This must be filed with the Employment Tribunal within the relevant time limits.

6. I am worried about legal costs

In most cases Employment Tribunals will not award legal costs whether you win or lose your claim (except in exceptional circumstances). Therefore, you will normally be responsible for your own legal c...



In most cases Employment Tribunals will not award legal costs whether you win or lose your claim (except in exceptional circumstances). Therefore, you will normally be responsible for your own legal costs. There are a number of ways you can look to for payment of legal costs.

These include:

(a) Trade Union membership.

(b) Legal expenses insurances.

(c) No win no fee arrangements.

(d) Pay as you go.

TMJ will give you advice on what is the best costs method to pursue a claim.

7. I have been made redundant but my employer has failed to pay my redundancy pay

In this case, if your employer is insolvent you may be able to make a claim through the Insolvency Service. If your employer is not insolvent then TMJ can advise you on the best way to approach a lega...



In this case, if your employer is insolvent you may be able to make a claim through the Insolvency Service. If your employer is not insolvent then TMJ can advise you on the best way to approach a legal claim to recover your lawful redundancy payment.

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