As an experienced employment law firm based in London, we provide a wide range of services in a number of important areas of employment law to employers and employees. One of the most pressing areas of the law we have dealt with in recent years has been based on Immigration law. This is an area of increasing importance in the United Kingdom, and if you need guidance, assistance or representation with respect to any matter involving Immigration and employment law, we can help.
Davenport Solicitors provide a very personal and bespoke UK market entry support service to overseas businesses and investors. Our lawyers are highly experienced in helping overseas businesses setting up their operations in the UK, we advice and assit them on UK’s complex business immigration and employment laws.
We understand how important it is to receive expert legal advice and we provide this in a speedy, simple and straightforward manner. Upon your instructions, our aim is to ensure that your business is operational in the shortest time possible.We will advise you of the best way for you or your staff to enter and work in the UK legally. We can also offer advice on the investor and entrepreneur immigration routes; illegal working issues and UK Border Agency inspections; sole representative applications and indefinite leave to remain as well as naturalisation as a British citizen.
Business Immigration Tier 1
Business Immigrations Tier 2
HR and Employment Law
If you would like to know more about our UK market entry support or have queries or questions regarding UK Immigration and Employment law please get in touch and we will provide you with reliable and effective guidance and support.
Employing in the UK – A Brief Summary
Setting up a business in a different country can be a daunting process. It is important to note that there are several types of employment relationships in the UK. However, if you are engaging people to work for you they are very likely to be ‘workers’ or ‘employees’ unless they are very clearly self-employed.
Employer’s Liability Insurance
As soon as you become an employer, it is advisable to have Employers Liability Insurance from an authorised insurer. This insurance will help you should need to pay compensation if an employee is injured or becomes ill because of the work they do for you.
In the event that an employer is unable to produce a valid certificate upon request, they may be liable to significant fines.
Right to Work in the UK and Other Checks
All workers must show that they have the legal right to work in the UK, regardless of their background. The Government provides a checklist of documents that must be produced by a prospective employee in order to show that they are eligible to work in the UK. As an employer you must ensure that you have seen the original documents of the prospective employee and have checked their validity.
Written Statement of Employment Particulars (The Contract of Employment)
New employees must be given a Written Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment within two months of their start date although good practice is to give this information before the start of employment.
Holidays and Working Hours
Almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks’ paid holiday per year (known as statutory leave entitlement or annual leave). An employer can include bank holidays as part of statutory annual leave. You may provide more holiday than this if you wish.
Employees must not work more than 48 hours per week over an average period of 17 weeks unless they agree in writing to do so. Minimum rest breaks also apply and there are additional rules applying to night work and young employees.
National Minimum Wage
The Government sets a minimum wage for all workers in the UK, which is increased every year.
All Employers should be aware that it is unlawful to employ someone who does not have the right to live and the right to work…
An employer could start formal disciplinary action against an employee if they have concerns about their work, conduct or absence. Before taking formal disciplinary action…