If you are experiencing any work related employment problems such as: grievances at work whilst still employed; redundancy, layoffs, shortime working and dismissal; discrimination; unpaid wages and money owed by your employer or ex employer you can find advice and help on these pages.
Know your rights1. Am I entitled to paid holiday?
2. Am I entitled to have the Bank holiday off work?
3. Can I have time off work if my partner has a baby?
4. Can my employer make me give back overpaid wages?
5. Am I entitled to notice before being dismissed?
6. Can my employer dismiss me because I am pregnant?
7. I think I am being discriminated against at work because I am a woman. What can I do?
8. What can I do if I’m being victimised at work?
9. What can I do about race discrimination at work?
10. Do disabled people get special protection at work?
11. Can I be treated unfairly because of my religion?
12. I am being teased about being gay. What can I do?
13. Can my employer make me retire at 60?
14. Do I have to tell employers how old I am?
15. What can I do about stress at work?
16. Must I tell employers about my criminal record?
For more work and employment FAQs and advice visit: www.AdviceGuide.org.uk (from Citizens Advice).
How to help yourself
Employment Problems and Legal Action
Taking legal action against your employer if you have a legitimate claim can be costly, complex and time consuming. In addition there are strict time limits for taking legal action against your employer or ex employer. In most case this is 3 months less a day from the incident that is being claimed about. Most employment claims are made in an Employment Tribunal by completing an ET1 form.
Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service
In recent years the rules for taking action at an Employment Tribunal have changed significantly. Before going to an Employment Tribunal you need to involve ACAS in what is called early conciliation. Only at the point that this is completed can you make a claim at an Employment Tribunal. The period of the early conciliation is up to a month with a possible extension of a further fourteen days. The deadline and time limit for going to an Employment Tribunal is extended by the actual period of the early conciliation. For early conciliation information details visit the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service website www.acas.org.uk
Making a Claim
A claim at an Employment Tribunal is made by the completion of an ET1. When making a claim you are required to pay an initial fee to lodge the claim and another fee if it goes to a hearing. If the fee is not paid the claim will not be accepted. It is possible to apply for help with paying the fees or requesting a refund. Visit www.justice.gov.uk for employment tribunal information.
Small Claims Court
In cases where your employer may owe you money you have the option of taking a claim for this to the Small Claims in the County Court. The time limit for this action is 6 years. In making such a claim court fees are payable for the initial claim and a hearing. You will need to complete a N1 form It is possible to apply for help with paying the fees or requesting a refund. If the fees are not paid the claim will not be accepted. To find out how to make a court claim for money visit www.gov.uk/make-court-claim-for-money/. More about the courts and tribunals service at www.justice.gov.uk
Other agencies & useful links
Find a solicitor
Charity giving voice to working parents and carers.
Employment advisory, conciliation and arbitration service.
Government business advice support and compliance services.
Gov.UK – Working, Jobs & Pensions
Government website on minimum wage, trade union, redundancy and health & safety.
Equality & Human Rights Commission
Employment equality and human rights information.
Health & Safety Executive
Workers health and safety rights.
HM Revenue and Customs.
Advice and information on rights, entitlements throughout pregnancy and maternity.
Still need help? Contact Salford Citizens Advice
What We Can Do
General advice and information around problems at work, these might range from problems taking holidays, not being paid on time, being bullied or discriminated against or needing to know what to do if you think you have been unfairly selected for redundancy or dismissal. Assist with responding to disciplinary action or making a grievance.
If appropriate we can negotiate with your employer on your behalf. We can also refer you for specialist advice on submitting a case to an employment tribunal.
How to Get in Touch
Telephone our Advice Line
We can help with most employment issues over the phone but if necessary will make you an appointment in bureau.
Email us using our Contact Form
An easy way to get in touch with us is by emailing, we will get back in touch within 3 days.
Visit one of our Bureau Our Bureaux