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.


European Commission to consult over future of gig economy

The European Commission has begun its consultation on the rights of gig economy workers whose labour is governed by digital platforms.

Presenter Kaye Adams wins IR35 tax case

24 Feb 2021

TV and radio presenter Kaye Adams has won a case at the tax tribunal after judges ruled that the BBC...

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Uber ruling: what happens next?

23 Feb 2021

The Supreme Court's decision in the Uber v Aslam case is set to have significant implications for the app-based working model. But what comes next for Uber and its workers?

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Supreme Court: Uber drivers are workers

19 Feb 2021

Uber loses final possible appeal against employment tribunal judgment that its drivers are entitled to workers' rights.

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Amazon accused of breaking employment terms

19 Feb 2021

Amazon has been accused of cancelling shifts at the last minute and 'short-changing' workers.

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Matthew Taylor: ‘Government losing interest in reforms’

19 Feb 2021

Author of the Good Work Plan says there is now a ‘deafening silence’ from the government over employment reforms.

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‘No jab, no job’ recruitment is legal says justice secretary

18 Feb 2021

Justice secretary Robert Buckland has said only enlisting new staff once they had been inoculated was possible if it was written into their contracts.

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Tesco temporarily barred from ‘fire and rehire’ at Livingston warehouse

17 Feb 2021

Usdaw has won a court case preventing Tesco from moving staff at its Livingston distribution centre onto new contracts.

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Employment law in limbo: Key proposals to resurrect in 2021

4 Feb 2021

Many proposed employment law changes that the government has put forward in the last few years have stalled, mainly as...

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BA will not go ahead with ‘fire and rehire’ in cargo division

27 Jan 2021

British Airways has secured a deal with the Unite union which, if approved by its members, will end the long-running...

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One in 10 threatened to be ‘fired and rehired’

25 Jan 2021

A tenth of workers have been told to re-apply for their jobs on worse terms and conditions, according to a...

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Covid-19: Should employers grant time off for vaccinations?

20 Jan 2021

Following the news that public-facing workers including teachers, police officers and retail staff could soon be offered Covid-19 vaccinations, Sean...

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Bank holidays: six things employers need to know

20 Jan 2021

Updated guidance in light of how employers should handle bank holidays for furloughed staff, and an additional public holiday in 2022 for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

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An eighth forced into work amid Covid safety complaints

18 Jan 2021

A poll finds many have been ordered into work when they could have easily and safely worked from home.

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Pimlico Plumbers to require Covid jab proof for new starters

14 Jan 2021

Pimlico Plumbers is set to spend upwards of £1m on vaccinating its staff and expects to enforce a ‘no jab, no job’ policy.

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