Calling someone self-employed doesn’t mean they actually ARE self-employed, as the likes of Pimlico Plumbers and plenty more construction firms have discovered to their cost when ex-subbies took them to an employment tribunal – and won their cases.
Meanwhile, the government’s decision to scrap employment tribunal fees has had a predictable outcome: the number of individual claims is now soaring.
Could your firm end up at the sharp end of an employment tribunal hearing? With construction workers being specifically targeted by unions and no-win-no-fee lawyers – it’s something you’re wise to consider.
Even though many of the claims aren’t worth the paper they’re written on, dealing with them can be stressful. So it’s small wonder that many firms end up offering money to settle – often thousands of pounds – just to get the lawyers off their backs. Those who choose to fight it out and have their day in court, either win and are still left with bruising legal bills, or lose and face serious financial and reputational damage and the danger of piggy back claims.
At Hudson Contract, we’re involved with a growing number of claims on behalf of our clients.
No matter how groundless they are, they take up time, money and resource. But for us, it’s only an occupational hazard. As much a part of our service as processing your payroll. We see off most attempted claims quickly when those who are hoping for easy money realise that going back on their word and trying to claim employment rights is not a simple process or a one sided fight. In 25 years, no client of ours has ever had to face the nightmare of their Hudson subbies being awarded holiday pay, and in the future if they ever did, we would pick up the bill.
Remember, the Hudson Contract Guarantee means that if anyone wants to take you to tribunal, we take over the case – and all the stress – and meet all the financial costs of lawyers etc. And should we ever lose, we’ll pick up the bill.
No company can prevent someone taking you to tribunal, and anyone who tells you different is talking rubbish. We can’t stop these claims being raised but we can protect you from the financial consequences of status cases.
We do more than help. We take on any status case you receive from operatives contracted and paid by us. It’s all part of our more-than-just-a-payroll service. We take on all the work and stress for you. If you are taken to court, we build your case, instruct the lawyers and pay them, and if you lose, we pay the awarded sum too. You don’t ever have to worry about a status claim devastating your business.
Hudson has a 100% success rate in status cases*. Having been in business for more than 25 years, and having contracted with literally tens of thousands of self-employed operatives, through times when the likes of Pimlico and Uber were losing high profile status cases, it’s no surprise that we have seen a few. In fact, we have seen more than a hundred. Of the operatives who stayed the course, often backed by trade unions or no-win no-fee solicitors, none have been successful, we have never lost a status case. And what’s more, our clients have not had to worry about mounting legal bills to defend these cases because we picked up the tab.
*A status case is when someone who has chosen to be self-employed lodges a claim with ACAS and the Employment Tribunal Service in an attempt to change their status to employee or worker to gain access to things like backdated holiday pay, notice and severance pay.
They can. But most of the time, they don’t. They often stall, and when a case continues towards a tribunal hearing, their clients can discover they’re on their own. When you consider employment tribunals often cost at least £6,000 just in legal fees and before any award, it’s an expensive position to be left in.
It means we never leave you in the lurch to struggle with the costs and stress of an employment tribunal claim. We fight your corner throughout the entire process and make sure you and your business won’t suffer as a result.
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