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Spencers Solicitors are experienced employment law solicitors, offering a wide range of employment law advice to employees in Sheffield, Chesterfield, Mansfield and East Derbyshire.

Work is a large and important part of your life. We know that being an employee isn't always easy going especially when a difficult professional situation puts your happiness and financial security at risk.

It can feel overwhelming to deal with your employer. It can seem like it's 'me against all of them' and that you haven't a hope of being treated fairly or for your complaints to be taken seriously. Whether you are a company director needing advice on your rights and obligations, or a junior employee wanting help dealing with a difficult situation at work, as skilled employment solicitors and HR professionals, we can help.

If you do have a dispute with your employer, you need no-nonsense, practical and affordable employment law advice quickly from the team at Spencers Solicitors. Trying to navigate your way through the legal maze by yourself could cost you a lot more than just your time. Together it doesn't have to be confrontational, frightening or stressful.

for no obligation advice on employment law claims.

In employment law, there is only a limit amount of time for you to act - usually three months less one day from the date of the dismissal (unfair or constructive) or discrimination to preserve your employment rights

Before you can issue proceedings, you must first notify ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) of a potential claim and start the Early Conciliation process. It is essential you get the details and timing correct. We can take care of the Early Conciliation process for you - giving you the best chance to settle your dispute or issue a claim on your behalf for a guaranteed fixed fee. Find out more here.

How much will it cost?

It won't cost you a penny for an initial no-obligation appraisal. If after that you want to instruct us then we can act for you on a no-win no-fee basis, fixed and capped costs or paid for by your insurers. If you have a settlement agreement and your employer is contributing to your legal costs, we guarantee that you will not be charged more than what your employer is prepared to contribute towards costs. You can find out more about how we charge here.

At Spencers Solicitors we will explain your rights in plain, straightforward language, and provide the guidance you need to get the result you want. Wherever you are in the country, we can help.

Please view the links below for further information if you are an employee looking to make a claim against your employer. You can also get in touch with us either online or by calling us on 08000 93 00 94 today.

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Complete an online enquiry form and one of our team will contact you to assist with any questions, or call us on 08000 93 00 94.

Our Fees for Employee Advice

Our Fees for Employee Advice

When obtaining employee legal advice, there are a number of different funding methods available for our work.

Recent Employment Law Changes

As leading employment law solicitors in Chesterfield, we recognise that it can be difficult to keep up to date with continually evolving employment law. With seemingly small alterations to legislation having potentially enormous implications for employees, Philip McCabe, Head of Employment at Spencers, summarises some of the most recent changes.

National Minimum Wage Increase

From 1st April 2017, the rates for the Minimum Wage and National Living Wage will be:

  • £7.50 per hour - 25 yrs old and over
  • £7.05 per hour - 21-24 yrs old
  • £5.60 per hour - 18-20 yrs old
  • £4.05 per hour - 16-17 yrs old
  • £3.50 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship.

The rate for workers aged 25 and over remains £7.20 per hour. The national minimum wage in 2005 was £5.05.

Immigration Skills Charge

On 12 May 2016, the Immigration Act 2016 was passed as law. Taking effect on 12 July 2016, it makes working illegally in the UK - that is, without valid leave to enter or remain in the UK, or without the correct authority to work - a criminal offence punishable by a fine and up to six months imprisonment.

Sunday Retail Worker Protection

Under current laws, workers who do not wish to work Sunday for family or religious reasons have to provide their employer with three months' notice. The proposed changes will reduce this to one month.

Tax-Free Childcare Scheme

Supporters of the new tax-free childcare scheme have to wait until 2017 for it to start after it was challenged in the Supreme Court. Under the new plan, which is yet to have an official start date confirmed, eligible families will have 20% (up to £2,000 per child) of their annual childcare costs paid by the Government. The new plan replaces the current Employer Support Childcare Voucher Scheme.

Unlike the current scheme, which can be used for children up to the age of 15, the new system will only cover childcare for children up to the age of 12.

Spencers Solicitors offer a complete employment law and HR service tailored to support businesses. For further information, please don't hesitate to contact a member of the team on 01246 266606.


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