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It is essential that employees are provided with a contract of employment (or as a very minimum what is called a ‘Section 1 statement’ which sets out the terms & conditions of employment) as this document, along with any company policies will form the basis of the relationship between the parties. It will set out the rights of both parties but also their obligations.
In the event of any disputes then such documents are absolutely vital. In addition, it is often not recognised that any employee who is to be employed for more than 1 month needs to be given a contract or a Section 1 statement by the time they have been employed for 2 months’, otherwise a stand-alone claim can be brought by them against the employer before an Employment Tribunal.
If the employee were to bring other claims in the Employment Tribunal, such as Unfair Dismissal for example, then this claim for failure to provide a section 1 statement is often brought as well and can lead to the Tribunal awarding them between 2 – 4 weeks’ pay for this alone. This is something that can so easily be avoided, at relatively little cost.
If you are an employer, no matter what size you are and how many or how few employees you have, we can assist by drafting contracts of employment for you to suit your particular circumstances. You may be an employee who has been handed a new contract to sign by your employer but you need advice upon some of the clauses in there and what rights your employer has to make changes to your terms and conditions?
Our employment department can assist, no matter how large or small your query.
Give us a call using the details above or fill in the enquiry form below, and we will get back to you.