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  • I am undergoing treatment for IVF – am I allowed time off work?

  • To what extent can an employer monitor an employee’s activity at work?

  • My employer has terminated my employment without letting me work my notice, can they do this?

  • I have heard about the abolition of Tribunal Fees. When will I get mine back?

  • I am worried that my last employer will give me a bad reference. Can they?

  • I am 65 and looking to retire in the very near future. I approached my employer and they have mentioned the possibility of a Settlement Agreement, what is that?

  • My new employer retracted my job offer when they found out I am 6 months pregnant. I haven’t even started in the role yet, what can I do?

  • I am 6 months pregnant and want to start my maternity leave as soon as possible, what’s the earliest I can go on maternity leave?

  • My new employer has offered me to work for them under a Consultancy Agreement instead of an Employment Contract, what are the implications?

  • My employee is having routine sick days on every other Monday, what can I do about it?

  • I don’t have a written employment contract with my employer, where do I stand?

  • I have been signed off work due to sickness for the last four months. Now my employer wants me to go to a meeting to discuss my sickness. Am I going to be sacked?

  • I have always paid commission to my staff. However, with the recent economic challenges this is no longer financially viable. Can I just reduce the amount of commission that is paid?

  • One of my employees had a car accident whilst driving their own car during working hours on company business. I have heard that as the employer my Company might be held responsible. Is that right?

  • The train line that I use to get to work is very unreliable. Often trains are cancelled at short notice and I am late getting to work, recently there have been train strikes and I cannot get into work at all. Does my employer still have to pay me?

  • My employer does not allow me to take a lunch break but instead lets me go home early. Is this allowed?

  • I have a new job but they want me to start next week. Do I have to work my notice period?

  • I am due to work the night shift when the clocks go back later this month. Am I entitled to an extra hours pay?

  • My contract with my previous employer has a clause in it trying to stop me from working for a competitor. Can they do that?

  • My job is making me feel really stressed. What can I do?

  • I have been asked by my employer to go on to a zero hours contract. I am reluctant to do so. What can I do?

  • The holiday camp I was going to send my children to in the summer holidays has suddenly closed and now I have problems with childcare. Am I entitled to time off work?

  • I have been invited to a disciplinary meeting. If I just resign now does that stop matters being taken any further?

  • One of my employees has raised a grievance. The person they are complaining about has asked for a copy of the original grievance and my investigation notes. Do I have to produce these?

  • My employer says I have to work on Bank Holidays. Is that right?

  • I want to dismiss an employee and do not want them working in the office during their notice period. Can I do that?

  • Can my employer give me a bad reference?

  • I have been dismissed. If I want to bring a claim against my employer, do I have to do so within a certain time frame?

  • I would like to change my hours. How do I raise this with my employer and does my employer have to agree?

  • Should I be paid for travelling time?

  • My employer put me on a training course and now I am leaving is seeking to reclaim the cost of the course from my pay. Can they do this?

  • My company is restructuring and I have been offered another position or a Settlement Agreement. What is that?

  • I have raised a grievance about breaches of my employment contract but my employer is ignoring me and making life very uncomfortable. Do I get protection as a ‘whistleblower’?

  • What is the National Living Wage?

  • I have an employee who has worked for me for about 4 months, and so far I am very unimpressed with his work and attitude. I want to dismiss him with immediate effect, can I do that?

  • What is a ‘without prejudice’ conversation?

  • I have been invited to attend a disciplinary hearing with my employer next week and have been told I can bring a companion. Who is a companion and what do they do?

  • I have been off work due to sickness. Do I still get holiday?

  • An employee of mine has raised a grievance during a disciplinary process. Do I need to halt the disciplinary process?

  • I am currently subject to TUPE. Do I have to transfer?

  • What is ACAS early conciliation?

  • Does my new employer need to provide me with an employment contract?

  • I am about to be made redundant, what are my rights?

  • My partner is due to have a baby. I have heard about Shared Parental Leave. What is it?

  • I’ve not told my new employer that I am pregnant. What happens when I tell him?

  • I have been through a disciplinary procedure and have just been issued with a final written warning, but had a clean disciplinary record beforehand. Can my employer do this?

  • I have received a job offer from another company and plan to accept, however, I have been told that if I do so I may breach my ‘restrictive covenants’. I thought these types of clauses were not ‘enforceable’?

  • I have been employed for 1 year and am being threatened with the sack, what are my rights?

  • What is ‘lay off’? I thought this was redundancy?