Employment solicitors are preparing themselves to assist the one third of employees currently working for businesses planning job cuts.
In a May 2009 survey, the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) has found that 36 per cent of Britain’s workforce may require the services of an employment solicitors as their employers make or prepare for redundancies.
Consulting an employment solicitors
For those in the CIPD Employee Outlook’s 36 per cent who do eventually face redundancy proceedings, the advice of employment solicitors could prove vital for ensuring that the appropriate procedures are followed and that they receive any payments that they are entitled to. If an employer fails to follow the requisite steps then an employment solicitors could help bring a case for unfair dismissal.
Employment solicitors recommend that anyone facing such a situation cooperate with their employers to try and find an alternative solution and that if they feel they have been treated differently from anyone else they contact an employment solicitors firm as soon as possible.
Employment solicitors called on as recession bites
The survey’s results highlight the impact the recession is having and when asked at the beginning of the year Jonathan Mansfield, of employment solicitors Thomas Mansfield, anticipated a high volume of cases throughout 2009. He claimed that in January employment solicitors had already received “more on the lay-off side than the handling of contracts for new employees that one would normally expect at this time of the year”.
The latest wave of work for employment solicitors has come from employees of such high profile names as banking group Lloyds and insurers RSA.