Employment Disputes

Employment Disputes

Employment law is never dull: it’s very dynamic, specialised, and subject to regular legislative and case law developments, as employers are often at the forefront of social changes. Parker & Associates has been an employment law specialist since our inception two decades ago.

Employment law is never dull: it’s very dynamic, specialised, and subject to regular legislative and case law developments, as employers are often at the forefront of social changes. Parker & Associates has been an employment law specialist since our inception two decades ago.

Employment dispute services of every kind

As employment dispute specialists, we have worked for employees needing representation against their employer and for employers being sued by past or present employees. We deal with the full spectrum of employment relationship problems, including:

  • Unfair/unjustified dismissal (including constructive dismissal) claims
  • Breach of contract
  • Discrimination (including bullying and harassment)
  • Breach of consultation obligations in redundancy or business restructuring/transfer scenarios
  • Unlawful deduction from wages
  • Holiday pay
  • Personal grievances
  • Investigations, disciplinary meetings or exit packages
  • Restraint of trade (including injunctions
  • General employment law advice

At Parker & Associates we have also been involved with health and safety issues for both employers and employees.

Not all cases need to be resolved in court. Where appropriate, we will guide you through negotiated settlements of problems, often using mediation as a way to engage face-to-face in a private but controlled environment. However, we have the litigation skills and resources required to take matters to court when necessary.

Glossary for employment law disputes

  • Unfair dismissal, also known as unjustified dismissal: an employee is fired for no good reason or without proper process
  • Bullying & harassment: an employee feels ‘picked on’ by a manager or co-workers
  • Personal grievance: a complaint that an employer has violated an employee’s rights
  • Disciplinary meeting: an investigation into an alleged incident
  • Mediation: a means of early intervention in an employment relationship, as a way to resolve a problem in good faith rather than as an adjunct to litigation
  • Exit package: a negotiated deal that allows an employer and employee to part ways on mutually acceptable terms

Our View

“We specialise in contentious work, such as disciplinary and grievance matters within individual employment relationships, breach of contract, confidentiality and restraint of trade issues, as well as employer health and safety at work obligations resulting in Employment Relations Authority and Employment Court claims - and occasionally also High Court claims - or resulting in a settlement.”

Stuart Dalzell, Partner