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Employment Law Advice  

We can provide initial advice, ongoing support, casework and advocacy in a range of employment law matters. We only act for individuals, not businesses.

Our service is free. It is subject to our capacity.

Examples of issues we can help with are:

1. Unfair dismissals.
2. Redundancies and redundancy consultations.
3. Non-payment of wages, including payment under the National Minimum Wage.
4. Discrimination and harassment on the grounds of sex, race, disability, age, pregnancy and maternity, sexual orientation, gender-reassignment, marital status and, religion and belief. This includes:
a. Failure by your employer to make reasonable adjustments for your disability
b. Indirect discrimination within redundancy consultations
c. Sexual harassment in the workplace
5. Health and safety at work.
6. Flexible working requests during your return to work.
7. Disputes are work, including disciplinaries and capability procedures.
8. COT3s and settlement agreements.

Who we can assist:

Our work is aimed at those who cannot afford or access other advice. 

We can help you if you are:

  1. An employee or worker. If you have been told that you are self-employed but have doubts about this, we will be able to advise you on your rights.
  2. A job applicant who has been discriminated against during the recruitment process

Are you a member of a trade union? You can ask your trade union representative to refer your matter to a trade union solicitor. Your monthly subscription usually covers the cost of legal advice at work. Please call your trade union representative as soon as possible.

Do you have Legal Expenses Insurance? This insurance can be found on lots of different types of insurance, including home and car insurance. You may be able to access a private solicitor for free through your insurance. Please call your insurance company to confirm.

How to contact us:

You can email us on hflaw@hflaw.org.uk.

You can telephone reception on 020 3880 1727. Please leave a voicemail with your name and phone number and we will call you back.

Our new Employment Law Advice Line is open every Friday between 2-5pm on 020 8148 5702. 

Important information: Limitation dates

Time limits in Employment Tribunal claims are very short. You must take timely action.

As a general rule, you must begin a process called Acas Early Conciliation three months minus one day from the date of the incident you are claiming about (e.g. the date of your dismissal) at the latest.

As a general rule, you must submit a claim to the Employment Tribunal within the month following receiving an Acas Certificate from Acas.

This is general advice only. You must seek legal advice to ensure you do not miss your limitation date.

Online resources:

Some organisations have websites with lots of useful information on your employment law rights.

• Citizens Advice: Work – Citizens Advice
Online employment advice

• Acas: Contact us | Acas
Online guidance and a helpline for employment advice.

• Rights of Women: Sexual Harassment at Work – Rights of Women
For advice on sexual harassment in the workplace

• Maternity Action: Home – Maternity Action
For advice on the rights of pregnant women and new mothers.

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