How to get advice
Prospect can advise and represent members on their rights at work. This is a full service, ranging from initial advice through to legal representation at court.
Our service includes:
- advice on workplace policies and procedures
- representation at workplace grievance or disciplinary meetings
- advice on legal rights
- representation at employment tribunals and other courts.
Members seeking advice should first ask their local Prospect workplace representative, where there is one. Many cases will be dealt with entirely by your local rep. Our reps are trained, supported and experienced.
Because they know the workplace well, they are an excellent source of advice and support on many issues. The rep can raise issues directly with management and will often represent members at grievance or disciplinary hearings.
Prospect full-time negotiators will always be there to support the local rep. The negotiator will deal directly with more complex cases or those involving legal assistance. Also where there are no lay reps, the negotiator will advise.
Prospect’s legal team provide advice and assistance on employment law issues to full-time negotiators. A legal officer will usually be involved in all cases proceeding to the employment tribunal and will deal directly with the more complex cases.
The legal officers will instruct Counsel for further advice or representation of members where necessary and at Prospect’s discretion. Some cases may be referred to the union’s external solicitors.
If you do not know who your rep or negotiator is, phone Prospect on 020 7902 6600.
There are strict time limits for making claims to an employment tribunal. For most types of claim, including unfair dismissal or discrimination, the process must be started within three months of the dismissal or incident occurring. So it is extremely important that members seek advice as soon as possible.
A fee must be paid to issue a claim in the tribunal and a further one before the final hearing. These are up to £1,200. Where Prospect is supporting a claim we will pay these fees for members. Your Prospect negotiator will provide more details.