Dawson Employment Law Solicitors

Specialists in employment law.

Before founding Dawson Employment Law in Bedford, Rosine Dawson was a partner and head of department in a large Milton Keynes law firm, so you can be sure you will be getting quality advice from a senior solicitor with a wealth of experience.

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Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme: Details of Furlough Leave

The government has published further details of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (otherwise known as the Furlough Scheme).

Increase in awards for sexual harassment.

In the case of Majid v AA Solicitors 2016, Ms Majid had been employed for around 6 weeks by AA solicitors and was then dismissed, supposedly for redundancy, when she politely rejected advances from her employer, Mr Ali. She brought a claim for unfair dismissal and sexual harassment giving examples of Mr Ali asking her to go out to the cinema, talking about installing a bed in one of the rooms at the office, attempting to hug her, touching her arms, squeezing and rubbing her hands when shaking hands and making her feel uncomfortable by these types of act. The Tribunal awarded her £14,000 for injury to feelings £4,000 for aggravated damages and £2,000 for financial loss. AA Solicitors appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal on the basis that the award was excessive. However, the Appeal Tribunal refused to reduce the award stating that awards should be increased for inflation.  The calculation of awards for injury to feelings are dependent on which band of severity the Tribunal assesses the harassment falls into. There are 3 bands. These bands were set in 2002 in a case called Vento v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire in 2002. The lowest band was £500 to £5000, a middle band of £6,000 to £15,000 and a top band for the most serious cases of £18,000 to £30,000. It has now been confirmed that inflation should be applied and so the lowest band, for less serious cases such as a one off incident or an isolated incident, is £812 to £8,116. The middle band which the above case fell into of £8,116 to £24,348 and the highest band where there has been a lengthy campaign of harassment is now £24,348 to £48,696. It would only be in exceptional cases that an award would exceed this.


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What we do at Dawson Employment Law

We provide clear, effective, affordable advice to obtain the outcome you want.

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Our advice will allow you to run your business  effectively and commercially within current legislation. We work with you to avoid claims but if you are dealing with a claim, Rosine has successfully defended some 40 Tribunal claims in the past four years undertaking the advocacy herself.

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We guide you through your legal entitlements and advise you on your best course of action. Experience of working with large employers makes us uniquely placed to advise individuals.

Settlement Agreements

You should be wary if you are approached by your employer with an offer for you to leave. The terms are not binding on you until you have taken legal advice.