This section contains employment contracts and documents such as precedent contracts of employment and job offer letters. With our employment law resources you can cost effectively manage your own employees.
Welcome to our employment law section. This section of our Website focuses on employment contracts and employment documents such as our precedent Contract of Employment Template and other key employment law documents and contracts. It is a legal requirement that all employers put in place at least a written statement of terms for their employees. There is no formal structure for such written terms but it is recommended that you use template employment contracts that have been professionally prepared in order to avoid missing out any information that is required by law and to ensure that your terms are not in breach of emp
Whether you are just starting out in a new business venture, or have a larger, more established company employing many employees, we can provide you with a range of employment contracts in template form to enable you to manage your own employment contract requirements. All of our employment agreements have been drafted by a Solicitor specialising in employment law.
Our documents come with step by step instructions that will help you to complete them and to understand exactly what the terms mean. We help you to understand the jargon present in many employment contracts. Our aim is that once you have downloaded one of our employment contracts, you will be able to discuss and explain it to an employee confidently without the need to seek expensive legal advice from an employment law Solicitor. However, if you do have a more complex employment law issue or dispute then it is always wise to consult a Solicitor for specialist advice.
Employment Contracts and Agreements
There are a wide range of employment contracts and documents that a business of any size is almost certain to need at one point or another. Indeed, it will be very uncommon for a business not to use a variety of employment contracts numerous times. For this reason we offer a discounted subscription package allowing all of our contracts of employment to be purchased for one low fee.
Which Employment Contracts Do We Stock?
We currently stock all of the core employment contracts and will be soon adding a range of employment policy documents. Below is a brief description of each of the employment contracts and documents:
The employee handbook is a separate document to the contract of employment and sets out the employer's policies and procedures in relation to certain aspects of employment and procedure in the workplace. As it is a separate document, it is not usually binding but can be essential in providing evidence that an employer has fair policies and procedures in place and has explained them to the employees. The handbook can cover things like the company’s disciplinary and grievance procedures, policies on confidentiality and harassment in the workplace. We are in the process of having our template re-written and will be adding it soon.
Employment Contract Template
The Employment Contract Template is the most commonly used contract in our collection. It is sensible to put an employment contract in place for all employees for the sake of clarity and as this will be a legally binding document that can be used in evidence.
Sometimes referred to as a service agreement, the Consultancy Agreement is used to engage the services of someone who is not going to be an employee. This agreement can be used when engaging the services of an IT consultant or contractor and is designed to be tailored to cover the most important points of the terms upon which the work will be undertaken.
The Compromise Agreement is essential in removing any risk of an employee pursiing a claim against an employer in an employment tribunal when their contract of employment is terminated. By signing the agreement, the employee agrees to waive waive all their rights to bring a claim for unfair dismissal in the Employment Tribunal (provided that employee has received independent legal advice and the advisor has countersigned the agreement). Our downloadable Compromise Agreement also includes employee’s post termination restrictions and obligations and an optional tax indemnity clause, to properly protect the employer's position.
If you need to reduce your workforce due to a downturn in business or for any other reason, it is essential that you follow a proper redundancy procedure. Our Redundancy Guide gives you an overview of the necessary procedure. Considering the cost of an employment tribunal hearing for unfair dismissal (a two day hearing could cost upwards of £5,000 with little chance of recovering costs from the losing party), it is important that the redundancy procedure is carried out fairly and correctly to reduce the risk of expensive litigation.
Disciplinary and Grievance Procedure Guide and Template Letters
This is an area in which the rules have recently changed (in April 2009) and therefore, whether you are a new business or a more established business, this section will provide valuable guidance. Our guide, ACAS Code of Practice - Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures, includes information on how to carry out investigations and meetings as well as highlighting the time scales to be complied with for each step. We also intend to provide template letters to be sent to the employee.
Employee Grievance Procedure
We will also soon be introducing a template letter for an employee to use to lodge a grievance with an employer as well as advice about the procedure.
Bringing a Claim in the Employment Tribunal
We will soon be adding a guide to Bringing a Claim in the Employment Tribunal using Form ET1, to assist an employee (or former employee) in lodging a claim in the Employment Tribunal and the procedure that follows. This will provide advice on what information should be included in the ET1 and the time scales you should expect. This section will also provide advice on how to make a claim under any legal expenses insurance policy you may have.
Employment Articles and Guides
We also have a wide range of practical employment law guides and articles in our Law Library covering topics such as the ACAS Code of Practice - Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures and An Overview of the Redundancy Process.
An Overview of the Redundancy Process
An article that provides an overview of...
ACAS Code of Practice - Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
A guide to the changes made by ACAS in...
Employees and Social Networking Sites
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