|Frequently Asked Questions|
Do I have to be in the Group Insurance Scheme to receive representation?
All our members receive employment related representation, legal or otherwise, regardless of whether or not they are in the Group Insurance Scheme.
What death benefit is paid to members?
On the death of a full member not in arrears with subscriptions the Association pays the sum of 5.08% of the Station Manager “A” annual basic salary for the preceding twelve months.
On the death of a part-time member not in arrears with subscriptions the Association pays the sum of 1.32% of the Station Manager “A” annual basic salary for the preceding twelve months.
If I need work related legal representation. Who will represent me?
Our Solicitors Slater Gordon are widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading employment teams for individuals and have a reputation for helping to shape the employment law landscape through its work on landmark cases. their practice is focused on empowering individuals in the workplace by protecting their rights and the rights of those who represent them. (Legal 500 - the definitive guide to the legal profession).
They have established a reputation for providing good specialist advice, and their clients particularly identify the team's accessibility and the invaluable support they give. Our solicitors provide a complete service to FOA members as well as members of the Police Federation.
How do I access Legal Representation
Members of the Association are automatically entitled to legal advice and representation in relation to employment related matters. However, access is managed by the Executive Board to avoid unnecessary costs since we are often able to provide initial advice based on the experience and knowledge of officials..
Any member who believes that legal opinion is required should contact Head Office in the first instance, either directly or via a local official. Details of the issue for which assistance will be requested and the matter referred to the Executive Board to determine whether to allow access to the Association's legal services. Initial contact with our lawyers will normally made by the Association on the members' behalf.
It should be noted that members of the optional monthly Insurance Scheme also have access to a 24-hour Legal Helpline Service, details of which can be found in the Scheme Benefits information issued to Scheme members each year.