There are many rights people have at work. These range from protection against unfair dismissal and discrimination to rights to minimum notice of dismissal, payment at the rate of the National Minimum Wage and protection against unauthorised deductions from wages.
You can obtain free advice on employment issues at the centres detailed at the bottom of this page they provide free legal advice to those who live, work or study in Tower Hamlets.
Most claims are taken to a specialist employment law court called the Employment Tribunal. If you are successful the Tribunal can award compensation usually reflecting the financial loss that you have suffered. There are strict deadlines to bring claims. In most cases this must be received by the Employment Tribunal within 3 months of the matter you are complaining about. You need to complete a Claim Form and must pay a fee if you are successful, the Employment Tribunal can order your ex-employer to refund any fees you have paid.
ACAS Early Conciliation Scheme
Before you can bring a claim in the Employment Tribunal, you must first apply to the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (‘ACAS’) under the Early Conciliation Scheme. Once you have made an application then if it is not possible for the matter to be resolved under the Scheme, ACAS will issue a Certificate Number which will allow you to bring an Employment Tribunal if you wish to go further.
National and Self Help Services
General information on employment rights can be found at https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/work/
ACAS Early Conciliation Scheme Applications can be made online at http://www.acas.org.uk
Employment Tribunal details can be found at www.justice.gov.uk/tribunals/employment/claims.
Local Advice Services
Tower Hamlets Citizens Advice Bureau
Address: 32 Greatorex Street, London E1 5NP
Tel: 020 7247 1050
Advice Line: 0344 826 9699
Drop-in sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9:30am. Attend one of these sessions to be assessed for a referral by appointment to the Whitechapel Legal Advice Clinic-operated on a first come first served basis. Specialist Employment Solicitor Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (by appointment only) accessed via our telephone advice line.
Tower Hamlets Law Centre
Drop-in evening advice sessions on alternate Monday evenings 6.30pm to 8pm.
Legal Advice Centre
Address: University House, 104 Roman Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 0RN
Tel: 020 8980 4205
Drop-in sessions Wednesday 10am and 5.30pm and Thursday 6.30pm – note, you should arrive when doors open as session will close as soon as it is full.
Attend office, phone or email Monday-Friday 10am and 4pm, to complete an Initial Assessment to access advice services.
Address: The Community Centre, 52 Old Castle Street, London, E1 7AJ
Tel: 020 7392 2953
LawWorks is a charity working in England and Wales to connect volunteer lawyers with people in need of legal advice, who are not eligible for legal aid and cannot afford to pay and with the not-for-profit organisations that support them.
In addition to the above, the Legal Advice page has details of free legal advice sessions; some of which include advice on employment rights.