Catherine Fee & Co represents both employers and employees with regards to employment law. It is essential that employees are aware of their rights in the workplace and that these rights are upheld to the highest standard. Similarly, it is necessary for employers to be aware of the duties and responsibilities, particularly when drafting contracts of employment, providing a safe workplace, and in redundancy situations.
Everyone strives for positive working relationships and a happy working environment. However, sometimes these relationships can break down over a number of issues or concerns and a case is made by either the employer or the employee. Some cases may be resolved quickly and with little complications, while others may require further intervention from the Courts or Appeal Boards. Catherine Fee & Co has ample experience in preparing and representing clients in the Workplace Relations Commission, Mediation, Employment Appeals Tribunal, and the Labour Court.
Common issues that arise in employment law matters include:
Internal Protocols (Email Policies, Holiday Allocation, Grievance, etc.)
Health & Safety Breaches
Bullying or Harassment
Trade Disputes & Industrial Action
Work Permits, Work Authorisations & Immigration Law
Our employment law solicitors are highly experienced in dealing with all kinds of employment law cases. We have the expertise and knowledge to advise and support our clients in relation to any employment issues. Where you are an employer or an employee, we will provide a customised and tailored service in order to deal with your exact issue quickly and efficiently.
My employer has breached my contract. What can I do?
A contract of employment is a legally binding agreement between you and your employer. A breach of that contract happens when either you or your employer breaks one of the terms. Not all the terms of a contract are written down and a breach may be of a verbally agreed term, a written term, or an 'implied' term of a contract.
If your employer has breached your contract you should first try to resolve the issue directly with the employer or thought mediation. If this does not resolve the issue then you take legal action. If you are a member of a trade union it is a good idea to consult them before taking any legal action.
Can my employer fire me for making a claim against them?
Depending on the severity of the issue, most people will choose to leave the company they are taking legal action against. However, you do not have to do so and you fully within your right to make a claim against your current employer.
By law, your employer cannot dismiss you or force you to leave your job for bringing a claim against them. If your employer has breached your rights in any way then you are entitled to seek compensation without affecting your employment status or job.
An employee has made a claim against me. What can I do?
All employment claims should follow a number of steps before going through legal action. If your employee wishes to make a claim against you then the first thing they should do I raise this with you directly in order to try and resolve the issue in-house. We always recommend taking these complaints seriously and conducting an investigation into the issues raised. This may help resolve the conflict without the need for legal intervention, Mediation can also be used for this.
If the employee wishes to take the dispute further then you may have to undergo legal procedures. An experienced employment law solicitor such as Catherine Fee & Co will be able to advise you on your rights and legal responsibilities as an employer and help you as your case develops.