By law every employer must provide their employee with a written statement setting out the employee’s main terms and conditions of employment.
This must be done within two months of their employment commencing. However, the provision of contracts of employment and staff handbooks is much more than just a legal requirement. Drafted correctly they can set out the expectations, culture and vision of your business. Most importantly, correct drafting can significantly reduce any future conflicts between you and your employees.
Our specialist team of employment lawyers can work with you to prepare the correct contracts and policies to work specifically for your organisation – what’s more, given our years of experience and our access to a bank of precedents, it is likely to cost a lot less than what you might think!
One of the key issues to consider when preparing contracts is that of ‘employment status’ – that is, whether the individual you are engaging with is intended to be an employee, a worker or self-employed. Employment status matters because, as well as determining what statutory employment rights the individual is entitled to, it will have a significant impact on the level of tax that must be paid on their earnings. Our team can provide you with expert advice with regard to employment status and, importantly, will ensure that the contracts we prepare accurately reflect the nature of the employment relationship.
Even once contracts are in place, there may be occasions when it is necessary to change contractual terms because of economic circumstances or due to a reorganisation of your business. Most significant changes to the contract will require the express consent of the affected employees, which in turn may require a period of consultation. It is important to note that changes that are made without the employee’s consent may entitle the employee to resign from their position and claim constructive dismissal.
For further on advice on this or any other employment law issue, call us for a free initial consultation today – we can discuss the matter over the phone, by Skype, or in person at your business premises or at our offices in Sheffield or Doncaster.
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