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EMPLOYMENT LAW & HR GLOSSARY

ACAS

Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) provides impartial information and advice to employers and employees and acts as an impartial mediator to resolve disputes.

ACAS

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BULLYING & HARASSMENT

Unwanted behaviour that makes someone feel degraded, intimidated, offended or humiliated. It can involve one or more people and may not always be obvious.

UNFAIR DISMISSAL

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COMPENSATION

Money paid to an employee to put them back into a position that they would have been in, had the employer not committed an unlawful act. This is usually paid after an employment tribunal claim and the amount of the award is determined by the Employment Tribunal.

COMPENSATION

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EARLY CONCILIATION

A compulsory process through ACAS whereby employees and employers attempt to resolve disputes without the need for legal action. All employees must complete this process before they can bring a claim.

EARLY CONCILIATION

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EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

An agreement between an employer and their employee setting out the terms of their relationship including pay, hours, job title, place of work and holiday entitlement.

EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT

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EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL

A “court” for employment law claims.

EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL

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EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL CLAIM

A claim brought by an employee or worker against an employer or the business/person that used their services.

EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL CLAIM

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DISCIPLINARY PROCESS

The procedure and process that is followed by an employer when an employee commits an act of misconduct. This process is normally set out in a disciplinary procedure which may be located in an employee handbook.

DISCIPLINARY PROCESS

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GRIEVANCE PROCESS

the process under which an employee will raise a complaint or issue with their employer. An employer should have a grievance procedure available to employees which will set out what an employee has to do to raise a grievance and the investigation process that will then be followed.

GRIEVANCE PROCESS

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HOLIDAY

A period of paid leave from work. There are minimum requirements for holiday including the number of holidays given and the amount paid.

HOLIDAY

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PROTECTED CHARACTERISTICS

These are groups that are protected by the Equality Act 2010 which include: age, disability, sex, race, gender reassignment, marriage & civil partnership, pregnancy & maternity.

UNLAWFUL DEDUCTION FROM WAGES

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RESIGNATION

The voluntary termination of employment by an employee. This is usually done in writing. The employment contract may set out the number of weeks or months’ notice that has to be given.

RESIGNATION

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RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS

Terms of an employment contract or service agreement which restrict what an employee can do when they leave the business. This can include things like, not poaching clients or working in a competing business for a certain length of time.

RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS

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SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

An agreement between an employer and an employee or worker within which the employee or worker waives their right to bring a claim in the future in return for money, a reference or some other form of ``compensation``.

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Terms and conditions are agreed between an employer and employee and can include pay, hours of work, breaks and holidays.

WAGES

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UNFAIR DISMISSAL

A type of claim that can be brought by an employee if they were dismissed by an employer without a fair reason. Generally, an employee has to have 2 years’ service to bring this type of claim but there are exceptions.

UNFAIR DISMISSAL

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UNLAWFUL DEDUCTION FROM WAGES

A claim that can be brought by an employee or worker where they believe that their wages have been unlawfully deducted from.

UNLAWFUL DEDUCTION FROM WAGES

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WAGES

This is the sum that is payable to an employee or worker for work that has been done.

WAGES

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WHISTLEBLOWING

Whistleblowing can occur if an employee reports particular types of wrongdoing in certain circumstances.

WHISTLEBLOWING

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