Employment disputes are far from ideal for an individual or a business, here is a guide on how to solve them in the easiest manner.
The resolution of employment disputes is of optimum importance. A disrupted and unhappy workplace can cost money, livelihoods and a number of other problems. So, this is why it is imperative to ensure all conflicts are resolved and people can get on with their work in a happy manner.
Problems with employers come under one of either two categories disciplinary or grievances.
Grievances are complaints or problems about your job, employment terms, your contractual or statutory rights or the way you are treated at work.
Disciplinary is to do with your conduct, absence from work or about how you do your job. If these issues are raised informally it is always best to solve them then as these can lead on to more serious cases such as dismissal.
Here is some information on how to resolve grievances at work in the appropriate manner.
In the case of a grievance, if you have tried to solve it informally and fail you have to raise the matter formally. Your employer must put your grievance procedure in writing and must give you the person who you can discuss the redress with.
The first thing to do is to write a letter stating your grievance and send it to your employer. The employer will generally then requires you to have a meeting to discuss your problems further. He will then make a decision on the issue, though you have the ability to appeal this decision. There is more information on this on the direct.gov site.
When writing to your employer give them the full details of the grievance and how you would like the issue to be solved. Keep a copy of this and make sure to date it.
When you meet your employer arrange a meeting at a reasonable time and place. Write down what you wish to say and bring the notes with you. Employers will allow you to tell them where your grievances lie, try and establish the facts and find a way to resolve the problem. Consider getting legal advice from someone au fait with employment law services.
You are entitled to bring a companion with you to the meeting. This can be a colleague, a trade union representative or a trade union official. If you can’t bring one of the aforementioned you must ask your employer if you can bring someone else.
Your employer doesn’t have to let this happen, but probably will to avoid further issues. This companion can present your case, speak on your behalf or advise you during the meeting. They cannot answer questions on your behalf. After the meeting has ended your employer should write to you with their decision and the action they wish to take. This should be done without any unreasonable delay and should help resolve the decision.
In most cases grievances will be solved through the above method, however in some cases further action may need to be taken and a solicitor may need to be involved to settle the dispute.
This is exactly the opposite of what the government would like you to do, but the honest truth is that it makes more sense for you to be save your money rather than spend it.
In order for the economy to recover people need to spend money. That is the beginning and the end of it. Even if they are spending money that they haven’t got, as long as they are making their payments, it is all good. That’s ‘people’ and that’s for the good of the economy, but when it comes to you and your own finances, it is a different story, and if you don’t look out for number one, nobody else is.
The Bank of England has done its best to discourage people from saving. It has done this by keeping interest rates at record lows. This has meant that in the majority of bank accounts money has been losing value in real terms as inflation has ridden high. In this situation it can seem tempting to spend the money today while you can still get the most ‘bang for your buck’, rather than wait until the future when it will not go as far.
There are undoubtedly some savings products that offer a better hedge against inflation than others. To understand the real reasons why it makes sense to save as much as possible right now it is essential to move beyond the concept of savings being an investment, and to see them as a lifeline.
All kinds of things in life can go wrong without a moment’s notice. It is for these eventualities that it is essential to have a little money put by. Unfortunately it really does seem that the way the wind is blowing these kinds of eventualities will be becoming more likely over the next ten years rather than less.
The mire that the global economy is in seems only to be getting deeper. Certainly by the metrics that are usually used to gauge these things, growth forecasts and the like, things are not looking good for the immediate future. In addition to this lots of people are now talking about the possible collapse of the eurozone and a wave of government defaults.
Why should you care what happens in Europe? Well one big reason is that the financial sector would be severely hit by any large scale sovereign debt disaster. Not every country can afford to bail out every bank. All kinds of the type of higher yield investments that may be more tempting than a conventional savings account could be hit. Badly. Money kept in a UK bank is guaranteed by the government (up to a level that is likely more than you have kicking about) so it is at least safe, even if the interest rate seems a bit pony.
Nobody has a crystal ball, nobody knows what is going to happen, and these a certainly unpredictable times financially. In that environment it only makes sense to have plenty of ready cash in savings accounts as a backup plan.