British Employment Law


British employment law, which is sometimes referred to as 'labour law', governs all relationships between workers and their employers. It regulates all rights and obligations that are placed on both these parties.

It consists of both statutory legislation and case law, and in recent years it has also derived from codes of practice and EC law. Statutory legislation is law which has been made by parliament, and the key piece of statutory legislation in British employment law is the Employment Rights Act 1996 as amended. Case law is disputes which are heard by judges in court, or in British employment law cases, in employment tribunals.

Other areas of law are closely related to British employment law and it is necessary to have an understanding of such laws. For example, social security law is closely linked. It is important for an employer to know exactly how much social security contribution needs to be deducted from an employee's salary. It is also necessary to have knowledge of the entitlements to social security benefits for those seeking employment.

Another area of law closely linked to British employment law is company law. For example, for a company to legally award an employment contract to a director for over two years, a specific procedure must be followed. Companies must also ensure they comply fully with British employment law in order to minimise potential employment claims. This can include claims for unfair dismissal, wrongful dismissal or unfair redundancy.

If you would like to obtain legal advice on British employment law, Caven can put you in touch with a local specialist Employment Solicitor free of charge.  So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local Employment Solicitors please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.

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