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What is an employment contract?
Very simply, it is the legal agreement (whether written or unwritten) which exists between employer and employee. As employment advisers, we would always recommend have a written agreement.
What do we offer?
Please check out the price list for employment contracts.
We offer different employee contracts:
- For very junior employees: a statement of particulars.
- A standard employment contract suitable for all employees, up to senior managers.
- For senior employees and executives: a service agreement.
- For self employed people, a consultancy agreement.
For the more senior employees you may also be interested in us drafting restrictive covenants.
Existing employee contracts review
We will review any existing organisation’s employment contract for £99 plus VAT! Give us a call on 0845 225 2635 and have a chat with one of the solicitors today. We can tell you whether is it fit for purpose.
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The legal right to have written terms
An employee who has worked for an employer for one month is entitled by law to receive a written employment contract setting out the main terms of their employment. This must include certain information and must be given to the employee within two months of the commencement of their employment.
If an employer fails to issue an employee contract and the employee subsequently brings proceedings against the employer in the employment tribunal for, for example, unfair dismissal or discrimination, the tribunal can award compensation of either two or four weeks pay in respect of this failure. However, there is no ‘freestanding’ claim for failure to provide the statement.
This is one reason why it is so important for employers to ensure their employees have the correct written terms in place.
Senior employees and directors
Senior employees and directors will have more comprehensive terms still, set out in a service agreement. In most agreements of this type, the employer will also expect restrictive covenants to protect their business interests after the employee leaves.
Very junior employees
For the some very junior employees, employers may choose to provide only a statement of particulars. These set out only the most basic terms of employment, and it is strongly recommended that employees are provided with a more comprehensive contract of employment containing all of the terms and conditions of their employment.
Additional useful clauses
- A medical consent clause providing that the employer is able to require the employee to attend a medical examination with a doctor chosen by the employer if deemed necessary;
- A clause in an employee contract stating that an employee must obtain consent from their employer if they wish to take another job in addition to that job;
- A clause entitling the employer to deduct monies owed by the employee from the employee’s salary. This cannot lawfully be done without this clause;
- A payment in lieu of notice clause entitling the employer to pay in lieu of notice upon termination of an employee’s notice rather than having them in work;
- A garden leave clause so that the employer need not provide work to the employee during their period of notice;
- Restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses to prevent senior employees causing loss or damage to your business after their employment has ended.
Zero hours contracts
Some employees are not guaranteed any hours of work during the week as part of their employment. They are employed on a “zero hours” contract.
Consultancy and self employed agreements
In some cases businesses and individuals do not wish to contract as employer / employee. In such cases it may be possible for the individual to be retained as a self-employed contractor. In such cases a consultancy agreement is often used to regulate the relationship between the parties.