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Employment Contracts And Staff Handbooks

Modern apprenticeships: a guide for employers

In his 2020 summer statement, the Chancellor set out plans to pay employers to create modern apprenticeships. A new bonus will be payable to firms that take on a young apprentice between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021. Employers Read on

What should be in a contract of employment?

Your employer is required by law to provide all employees with a written copy of their contract of employment. It should detail the main and most important terms and conditions of your employment. This is very important. Your terms of… Read on

What is a staff handbook and what should be included?

When you started work with your current employer, you should have received a copy of your contract of employment. You may also have received (or at the very least been shown) the staff handbook. How do a contract… Read on

Written statements of employment changes

The rules surrounding the provision of written particulars, which are complicated enough already, are set to get a whole lot more complicated. Come 6th April this year they will put a number of new duties in place on employers. The… Read on

IR35 for beginners

IR35 – what’s it all about? IR35 refers to rules around off-payroll working. The rules were introduced to tackle tax avoidance. Essentially, if an individual would be an employee of the end client, had they not been providing their services… Read on

Can your employer give you a bad reference?

When giving a reference, an employer has a duty to be fair, truthful and accurate. However, it should be remembered that the giver of a reference has these duties not just to the subject of the reference, but also to… Read on

How can I sue my employer for breach of contract?

There are various ways in which an employer may breach the terms of an employee’s contract of employment. Depending upon the circumstances, this may leave the individual with no choice but to commence legal proceedings. When it comes to breach… Read on

When do my employment rights start?

Employees (those employed under a contract of employment) enjoy numerous employment rights and protections which have been passed into law by Parliament over many years. However, not all these statutory rights kick in from day one of employment – many… Read on

How to bring a workplace grievance

Grievance procedures exist to enable employers and employees to resolve issues which may arise during the course of the working relationship. All employers are required to provide a framework for dealing with complaints from their staff. In this article, we… Read on

When is it too hot to work? Employers’ obligations as workplace temperatures soar

Britain appears to be experiencing hotter and hotter temperatures, but that doesn’t mean everyone will be able to head to the beach to cool off. For most workers it is “business as usual” regardless of the weather, but are you… Read on

Social media rules for employees

Although social media is a relatively new innovation, it has quickly succeeded in becoming part of everyday life. An estimated two-thirds of the UK population are now social media users. While numbers vary across different age groups, it is likely… Read on

What are the legal requirements for equality and diversity in the workplace?

Most people have heard of equality and diversity but, what does this actually mean? Where did the phrase come from and what are employers’ legal obligations when it comes to ensuring equality and diversity in the workplace? Definition of equality… Read on

Laws on workplace relationships

As we begin to spend increasing amounts of time working, it should come as no surprise that many people meet their partner at work. Many employers are now beginning to impose regulations surrounding workplace relationships. But what are the relevant… Read on

How much notice am I entitled to?

Each party to an employment contract is entitled by law to a minimum amount of warning if the other party wants to terminate the contract. There are legal notice requirements for both employees and employers, depending on how long the… Read on