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Contracts of Employment & Handbooks

We prepare Contracts of Employment and Staff Handbooks. A well-managed workforce will have these and will review them each year. They set the scene and allow for prompt action to be taken where employees fall short of what is required. They also help when defending unfair dismissal and discrimination claims.

Perhaps most importantly, they protect your organisation. Without appropriate checks and restrictions in contracts, employees are free to compete against you so long as they don’t steal confidential information. Well-drafted contracts will prevent employees enticing clients and employees away for a reasonable period – normally 6-12 months.

Some terms will be implied by law (eg: to protect health and safety) or will be clear from a ‘course of dealings’: examples are: pay, leave or bonuses but protections of business interests such as clients, confidentiality and poaching staff can only be enforced if there are clear terms which have been agreed.

An employer can ask (not insist) that employees consider signing up to new terms and conditions. As long at these reasons are real (for example, working different hours to meet client needs) an employee can be dismissed on notice as the need to change is a ‘substantial reason.’ An employer must hold a fair procedure and act reasonably before dismissing but the courts and tribunals understand that managers are entitled to make changes.

Specialist Employment Lawyers: Contracts & Employee Handbooks

If you need representation, call our specialist team or make an online enquiry and take the first step to resolving your issue:

London: 020 7247 7190 | Manchester: 0161 850 4095

Birmingham: 0121 728 6518

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