This past year has been challenging for many and has put employment issues and the challenges employees can face under the spotlight light more than ever before. People in otherwise secure roles have suddenly found their position insecure, with furlough and redundancy causing worry across many sectors.
Employment Legal Advice, a free service set up by The Growth Company together with Citizens Advice Manchester, Citizens Advice Bury & Bolton and a network of legal partners, can provide support to Greater Manchester workers currently dealing with employment issues.
Their top five tips for taking control of a difficult situation at work, in association with Linder Myers Solicitors, are:
- Keep your own log and account of what has happened, as well as copies of any correspondence.
- Exhaust internal processes and procedures and ensure you are fully versed in your employer’s own policies by requesting a copy or outline of the procedure your employer intends to follow.
- Seek early independent advice from a solicitor or employment advice service when the issues first arise.
- Don’t be put off by potential costs, there may be funding arrangements you can access.
- Assert your rights – don’t assume there is nothing to be done about your situation, employment law is there to protect employees.
The Employment Legal Advice service is completely free, with legal experts giving something back and donating their time on a Pro Bono basis. Enquiries to the service will be passed on to a dedicated triage advisor who will review the case and decide on the correct pathway for the user, including whether to refer them to an expert from the network of legal partners.
Mark Hughes MBE, Chief Executive of the Growth Company, said: “At a time of increased redundancy and unstable employment having a service like Employment Legal Advice available for the people of Greater Manchester is more important than ever.
“By working closely with Citizens Advice Manchester, Citizens Advice Bury & Bolton and legal firms like Linder Myers we are able to offer employment support and advice to those most in need.”
People who think they might benefit from the help of the Employment Legal Advice service can provide details of their issue on the service’s website: https://employmentlegaladvice.org. They can also email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 0161 233 2686.
For a full list of the law firms partnering with Employment Legal Advice, visit https://employmentlegaladvice.org/our-partners.