Reminder - The importance of Employment Contracts

Having spoken with a number of clients recently, it is apparent that employers are still taking some time to issue contracts out to new employees. In some cases, no contracts are being issued across the board.

The result of this is twofold:

Firstly: An employee can claim four weeks pay from employers when raising any claim at an Employment Tribunal, if a contract was not issued within the first eight weeks of their employment. This can be awarded even if the employer does eventually issue the contact after the eight week deadline, and as such it is critical that these contracts are issued.

Secondly: Employees will begin to accrue a number of statutory rights from their first day of employment. However if you as the employer wishes to implement any company policy against the employee, you can not until it has been confirmed in a contract. This then becomes a problem when there is an issue with the employee that cannot be addressed until after a contract has been issued.

We have a number of template contracts on our website for clients to utilise, for full time, part time, and casual employees. If you haven't already got your contracts in place, or haven't updated them for some time, it's advisable to have a look at these templates.

If you require a bespoke contract please do not hesitate to contact us on 01480 455500.

Published: 13 Sep 2013

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