Understanding employment law in Edinburgh


Employment law covers all areas of the employment relationship, from basic issues such as employment contracts, to specialised areas such as maternity and paternity leave. If you work for a business in Edinburgh and become pregnant you have a number of rights that employment law protects. As a pregnant employee your rights include: 

  • Time off for antenatal care
  • Maternity leave
  • Payment of maternity benefits
  • Protection against discrimination, unfair dismissal or unfair treatment

You should note that employment law states that you have rights when you become pregnant no matter how long you have been working for your employer. It is unlawful for your boss to refuse to give you time off for antenatal care. If your employer fails to comply with any employment law relating to your pregnancy, you have the right to complain and potentially take your employer to an employment tribunal. An employment law firm in Edinburgh can assist you with this. A local Edinburgh employment law firm will be experienced in dealing with cases in the local employment tribunal. They can also be more convenient and cost-effective than working with a lawyer remotely when negotiating with your employer will be involved.

All business owners in Edinburgh should be aware of their responsibilities to their pregnant employees, but if you feel your employer is overlooking your rights, contact a solicitor as soon as you can for advice. If you do become involved in a dispute with your employer over your pregnancy, the help and advice of an employment solicitor from an experienced local Edinburgh employment law firm can be invaluable.

If you would like to obtain legal advice about employment law, Contact Law can put you in touch with a local specialist employment law solicitor free of charge.  So, if you have any questions or would like our help in finding local employment law solicitors please call us on 0800 1777 162 or complete the web-form above.

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