Employment contracts

Employers are required to provide employees with an employment contract, a written statement of certain terms and conditions of their employment, within two months of the beginning of their employment.

Employer should always consult with the employee prior to changing an employee's contract of employment. Failure to follow a fair procedure when varying employees' terms and conditions of employment may result in an employee bringing a claim for breach of contract.


Outsourcing giant faces protests over payroll upgrade

The outsourcing company ISS faces protests today over changes to its payroll system that will see it withhold the pay...

Top 10 HR questions March 2019: Anonymous witness rights

2 Apr 2019

If a witness in a disciplinary procedure wishes to remain anonymous, how can the employer balance their privacy against the...

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Addison Lee refused permission to appeal worker status ruling

1 Apr 2019

Addison Lee has been denied permission to appeal against the ruling that its drivers are workers and not self-employed.
It...

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IR35 in the private sector: what constitutes ‘reasonable care’?

25 Mar 2019

The government has recently published a consultation paper with its proposals to extend off-payroll working rules to the private sector....

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Courts should fast-track gig economy cases: Frank Field

25 Mar 2019

The exploitation of workers must be tackled quickly and effectively, MP Frank Field has recommended in a new report critical of the length of time cases are taking.

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working time

Working when the clocks go forward: how should employers handle losing an hour?

22 Mar 2019

The clocks go forward an hour at 1:00am GMT on Sunday 31 March 2019. But what does this mean for...

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Pimlico Plumbers worker loses his claim for £74,000 in holiday pay

21 Mar 2019

An engineer who won a Supreme Court case against Pimlico Plumbers – establishing that he was a worker and not...

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John Lewis

John Lewis bonuses hit lowest level since 1953

7 Mar 2019

A slump in profits has seen the John Lewis Partnership cut its staff bonus to the lowest level in 66 years, the retailer has announced.

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National Gallery lecturers win ‘worker’ status

1 Mar 2019

A group of art lecturers who lost their jobs at the National Gallery have won their legal fight to be recognised as workers, allowing them to claim certain employment benefits such as holiday pay.

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Top 10 HR questions February 2019: Redundancy, FTCs and maternity leave

1 Mar 2019

When faced with the need to make redundancies, how should an employer decide which employees to select?
Redundancy exercises bring...

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The Good Work Plan: how should employers prepare?

20 Feb 2019

In December 2018, the government set out the reforms it planned to introduce as part of the Good Work Plan,...

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‘Self-employed plus’ status agreed for Hermes couriers

4 Feb 2019

Delivery firm Hermes has struck a “ground-breaking” deal with the GMB Union to give its couriers the option to receive...

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How has Brexit impacted employment legislation?

1 Feb 2019

The number of business-related laws passed in 2018 fell by 27%, according to research by Thomson Reuters. With civil service...

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Winter weather and work: five common employer queries

30 Jan 2019

With parts of the UK experiencing heavy snowfall, we answer five common questions from employers on the workplace impact of...

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Mary-Caroline Tillman

Non-compete clause case should give business pause for thought

28 Jan 2019

Businesses, particularly in the finance, technology, pharma, IT and manufacturing sectors use non-compete provisions to protect against potentially unfair competition...

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