Unpaid Wages and What Can Be Done

It’s one of those things that has happened to a lot of us, that moment when you’ve gone to pay for something only to have your card rejected, or you’ve visited a cash machine to have your request refused. Sometimes this is our own fault, we’ve miscalculated what we have or forgotten about a particular bill, or said bill has been for more than was expected (anyone who has ever gone over their mobile data allowance will know this feeling). These things happen and they have to be dealt with.

However, it’s a different matter when you check your balance expecting to see your wages but instead, you see that they haven’t gone in. It is deeply worrying when you check your bank balance after payday and see an entire week/month wages have not been paid into your account. It is a difficult situation to be in, and it can be hard to know how to approach, or what your rights are.

This article will discuss the best way to handle such a situation under English Employment Law.

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What is Sex Discrimination Law in the UK

With all the discussion about sexual harassment and discrimination in the media recently it is easy to become confused about what the law is in the UK, who it protects and why it protects them.

In this article, we will discuss sexual discrimination, (sexual harassment in the workplace will be covered in a separate article), what counts as sexual discrimination in the workplace. As well as what you can do to find out more information, and what you can do if you believe that you are the victim of sexual discrimination.

By the end of this article, the UK’s laws regarding sexual discrimination should be clearer.

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How Does Compensation Work?

In my day-to-day life as a Legal Executive I help clients get a fair amount of compensation for physical injuries caused by another’s negligence, injuries caused by the negligence of medical professionals, and unfair or discriminating treatment by employers against their employees. I generally enjoy my work, as while money will never be able to ‘fix’ a negligent situation aka it will never be able to take you back in time and stop the negligence from occurring, it can make life more manageable in the aftermath.

A good example is the clients whose lives have been undeniably changed due to negligence to the point where living in their old homes without any modifications is a genuine trial, compensation can help make your home liveable again. Compensation, when properly managed, can be a force for good and in the UK, there are strict rules governing how compensation is calculated and assessed.

I am aware that unless you work in the legal profession it can be difficult to even be aware of these rules’ existence, let alone be familiar with them. So, I am never surprised when client’s have unrealistic expectations regarding compensation. This article is designed to combat these expectations, by explaining the ways in which compensation is calculated, thus providing a basic understanding that will help put unrealistic expectations in perspective.

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Bullying and Harassment in the Workplace & 4 Steps to Resolve the Situation

This article is for the UK Workplace and refers to UK law.

Suffering from bullying or harassment in the work place can be an employee’s worst nightmare, it can damage self-esteem, confidence, productivity and in some situations, prevent people from attending work all together. For employers, finding out that someone in your organisation is accused of behaving in a bullying or harassing way can put you in an uncomfortable situation as you will need to investigate fully as either you have an employee who is a bully and needs to be stopped or you have an employee who is making accusations and needs to be educated on what constitutes bullying or harassment.

In this article, we will discuss basic information about bullying and harassment at work, identifying the types of behaviors that can fall under these headings and some behaviors that do not. We will also summarize the responsibilities of employers and outline some of the options open to employees who find themselves being bullied.

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How to Work Out How Much Compensation You Can Claim

One of the most important questions that you will ask yourself before bringing an employment claim is ‘will this be worth it?’

Worth is entirely subjective and can mean different things to different people, some people bring claims because they want to punish an employer who has treated them badly, others will bring a claim because they have not received their due from their employer, and some people will bring a claim to prevent bad treatment happening to others. Everyone is different and accomplishing these goals can make a claim ‘worth it’ too many people. Employment claims are usually driven by emotion and it is rare for anyone to bring a claim for the sole reason of receiving compensation.

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