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Coronavirus update

Working safely during the Covid-19 Pandemic

The current government advice is that you should continue to work from home where you can.

If you cannot work from home, you should continue to travel to your workplace.

Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT and equipment to enable remote working. Where people cannot work from home, employers should take steps to make their workplaces COVID-19 secure and help employees avoid busy times and routes on public transport. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk.

The Government has issued 14 guides covering a range of different types of work to make sure your workplace is as secure as possible. You can check which guide covers your workplace here.

How we can help:

We run a fortnightly employment law advice clinic on Mondays where volunteer advisers can advise you on a wide range of employment problems. This is a telephone only service and you will need to book in advance. Call us on 020 7538 4909 to see if we can help and make an appointment.

In addition to our advice clinic, we can provide an appointment-based employment advice service, providing guidance and support on the following:

  • Discrimination/harassment/victimisation cases
  • Cases involving equality of terms
  • Dismissal cases (including unfair dismissal, constructive dismissal, wrongful dismissal, TUPE dismissals)
  • Redundancy
  • Unlawful deduction from your wages
  • Maternity and parental rights
  • Flexible working requests
  • Cases where you believe to have suffered a detriment for exercising a right
  • TUPE cases (transfers to a new employer)
  • Issues relating to your employment status and contracts of employment.
  • Issue arising from the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • Employment tribunal proceedings, whether you have already brought them to are considering starting a claim
  • Drafting and reviewing settlement agreements

We can provide you with advice and information whether you are an employee, agency worker, casual or contract worker.

Subject to our available capacity we might be able to take on a small number of cases. However, due to our very limited resources and the many inquiries we receive, please bear in mind that we cannot guarantee to take on a particular case or to be able to represent you at every hearing if we take on your case. However, we will offer one-off advice where possible and signpost to an appropriate service where necessary.

If we offer to assist you with your issue, we will discuss with you the options to fund your case. In exceptional circumstances we may consider assisting you free of charge.

If you are experiencing discrimination, you may be eligible for Legal Aid. Check whether you are eligible here.

Do you have Legal Expenses Insurance? If you have house or car insurance, it often includes cover to pay for legal advice. This means you can afford a lawyer and if you choose an expert in employment law, you will get the best result. Please check your insurance policy and if you are not sure about your what legal expenses insurance covers, contact your insurer.

Call us on 020 7538 4909 to see if we can help and make an appointment.

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