General Chat Thread, Employment Law Help wanted. in General; My wife is a full time administrator in a Nursing home (40 hrs a week ).
A new company has ...
13th March 2009, 01:48 AM #1
Employment Law Help wanted.
My wife is a full time administrator in a Nursing home (40 hrs a week ).
A new company has taken them over and are cutting staff and want to cut my wife's working time down to 25hrs 'Cry'.
The new company uses a business support company to do all there dirty work for them ...See link to there home page....
She is not in a union.
She cannot get through to citizens advice.
A solicitor is expensive. 'Evil'
Does anyone know anything about employment law ? or where to find out about her rights ?.
13th March 2009, 02:58 AM #2
Most solicitors should be able to provide you with an initial free meeting and then advise on costs. Give BWGLaw an email/call we have used them in the past.
You should also be able to get free advice from your local CAB (Citizens Advice)
For further free advice try the "Legal" section of this forum
13th March 2009, 08:26 AM #3
Does your wife have a contract, and if so how many hours are stipulated in her contract?
13th March 2009, 10:12 AM #4
You could give Community Legal Service a call. You're more likely to get straight to an employment law specialist that way, rather than going via your local CAB. (They all use the same LSC-funded advisors).
14th March 2009, 02:45 AM #5
Yes she does, but found out the hours are no filled in !.
Originally Posted by danIT
14th March 2009, 02:50 AM #6
I have past her the links and she's going to look into them, thanks all.
She tells me her boss has applied for a job elsewhere, her boss wants to keep her at 40hrs week.
14th March 2009, 08:10 PM #7
As far as i'm aware, her contract is what she's been working on a regular basis, even if the hours aren't filled in. I think the most successful way you can persue this is to take them to employment tribunal (or threaten to) for constructive dismissal. Reducing hours can be considered constructive dismisal. If you want any advice, my dad's a full time steward for a union, pm me and i'll ask him any questions you might have.
14th March 2009, 09:24 PM #8
Originally Posted by michael2k6
Yes, that's right.
My other half had LOADS of trouble when she was pregnant with her work. We had to take them to a tribunal (to which her boss didn't even turn up)
The blooke in charge of it says that even though she didn't have a contract (never had) it would be based on the hours she worked normally.
We won, had to get sherriff's officers in the end to get the money we were due from him. Very satifsying seeing the look on his face when they arrived :-)
14th March 2009, 11:20 PM #9
Reducing hours can only be done by consent from both parties, or by a nominated union, depending on whether one has been included in your wife's terms and conditions. (that's why HP are currently interviewing every member of their UK workforce to reduce their hours) Unless the company has been placed into administration.
If they attempt it, your wife should go to a tribunal.
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