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How much compensation could I receive for unfair dismissal?

Compensation for unfair dismissal is based on a "basic" award and a "compensatory" award, which make up the final total should you win an unfair dismissal claim.

Could unfair dismissal payouts be cut?

In February 2012, the cap on compensation for unfair dismissal payments rose from £68,400 to £72,300, with the minimum basic award rising from £5,000 to £5,300. However, recent news reports suggest that as part of the government's plans to relax employment law, business secretary Vince Cable is looking to cut the amount awarded by way of unfair dismissal payouts.

Taking a proactive approach to dealing with problems at work

There can be few things more unpleasant than spending your days in an uncomfortable working environment or having to deal with a difficult boss. Being unhappy in your workplace can have a negative effect on your health and well-being, both in and out of work, and it can be difficult to know what to do about it.

What to expect at an employment tribunal

Employment Tribunals can seem like a daunting prospect, but there is no need to worry if you have to attend one soon. These employment hearings are less intimidating than you may imagine and with the right guidance and preparation, you will easily be able to take it in your stride.

How does unfair dismissal compensation compare between North America and the UK?

When it comes to constructive or unfair dismissal cases, the level of compensation you will receive can vary depending on where you live. This is partly due to different precedents and because the compensation is calculated as both a basic award, like a redundancy payment, which is based on the age and length of service and a compensatory award, based on your actual financial loss suffered, usually meaning your earnings and other benefits.

What evidence do I need for an unfair dismissal claim?

If you have been employed for 1 year or more (2 years or more if you started on or after 6 April 2012), you have the right to bring a claim of unfair dismissal. There are however several exceptions to the requirement to have completed one (or 2) year's service including unfair dismissal due to pregnancy, equal pay issues, health and safety reasons, union membership and activities, raising a whistleblowing complaint or for enforcing a statutory right.

Constructive Dismissal

Constructive dismissal includes any circumstance which forces you to resign from your job because of your employer’s behaviour. At UDD, we appreciate that this can be a difficult situation, and we can offer a free assessment of your case if you think you have a claim.

Employment Lawyers

At UDD, we understand that having a good employment lawyer is essential. Whether you need to address discrimination, dismissal, or basic rights issues, finding a lawyer you can rely on is paramount. So, how can you make sure you’re getting the best legal advice when it comes to employment law?

Employment Law

Employment law is important to employers and employees alike. It sets out your basic rights as well as making sure your employer delivers all the benefits to which you’re entitled. This ensures that everyone is treated fairly and respectfully throughout the working environment, wherever you’re employed. It’s important you know your employment rights to make sure your employer isn’t taking unfair advantage.

Employment Rights

In an ideal world our workplaces would be happy and harmonious at all times, but every now and then issues of employment rights will inevitably occur. When a problem arises, it is important to know exactly where you stand.