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.


The impact of Covid-19 on senior executives’ contracts

Senior executives' relationship with new employers is changing as they look to safeguard their positions against a background of instability.

Blackbridge Communications now owned by employees

15 Oct 2020

Blackbridge Communications has become the first employer marketing agency to become majority-owned by its employees.
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Umbrella companies: Lawyers pursue unlawful deductions

9 Oct 2020

Lawyers are pursuing group legal action against umbrella companies that have unlawfully deducted national insurance and other contributions from contractors’...

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Febrile mood will lead to sackings, whistleblowing and disputes

7 Oct 2020

As the UK heads into a worrying winter, Charlie Thompson examines the risks for senior teams as they manage the...

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Tesco job report could speed up equal pay case

5 Oct 2020

A job evaluation study by Tesco allegedly showed jobs in stores and distribution centres were equal.

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Top 10 HR questions September 2020: Testing, Brexit and redundancy

2 Oct 2020

As the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases rose in the last month, employers have been asking questions about testing for...

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Employers watch BBC’s social media struggles with interest

1 Oct 2020

Legal expert says BBC's new impartiality drive has lessons for businesses worried over brand damage from employees' posts.

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University workers’ job fears over Covid-19 exposure

28 Sep 2020

Academic staff on precarious contracts fear they could lose their jobs if they refuse to teach at university face to face.

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BA boss signals ‘fire and rehire’ plan U-turn

17 Sep 2020

The chief executive of British Airways has told MPs that it sees no need to ‘fire and rehire’ cabin crew...

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Starmer calls for ‘firing and rehiring’ ban as unemployment grows

15 Sep 2020

Sir Keir Starmer is to call for 'firing and rehiring' methods to be outlawed...

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Covid-19 and recession: Is redundancy the only option?

15 Sep 2020

With job losses never far from the headlines and the end of the furlough scheme looming, businesses are evaluating the...

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Should you enforce restrictive covenants during a pandemic?

25 Aug 2020

With so many redundancies in the air, it's time for companies to reassess their attitudes towards restrictive covenants, argues Imogen Finnegan.

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Why service agreements matter in the Covid-19 era

21 Aug 2020

Too often service agreements only attract attention when employers are contemplating dismissal or selling the business. They deserve more attention, writes Dean Fuller.

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British Gas staff may strike over changes to contracts

20 Aug 2020

British Gas employees have threatened to strike over claims it is forcing staff to accept worse employment contracts or face...

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‘All views my own’: Monitoring employees’ social media

18 Aug 2020

Social media has grown in use exponentially since Facebook was launched 16 years ago, and so has the risk to...

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