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.


CIPD Festival of Work: Not all gig economy work is bad

Drawing narrow comparisons between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ types of work does nothing to help precarious workers, according to a panel...

Uber drivers in court over ministers’ failure to help gig workers

11 Jun 2020

The High Court today hears a case brought by drivers and the IWGB over Treasury's failure to protect precarious workers during the Covid-19 crisis.

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Establish ‘wage boards’ to address low-paid workers’ earnings

4 Jun 2020

The government should introduce a ‘new settlement’ for low paid workers, giving them more control over the hours they work...

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From ‘forgotten’ to ‘key’ workers: protecting the precariously employed

29 May 2020

While the Covid-19 crisis is a worrying and uncertain time for all of us, it brings into sharp focus some...

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BA plans to re-hire employees on worse terms, claim unions

26 May 2020

The Unite union has accused British Airways of plans to “re-hire” most of its workforce on less favourable terms and...

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Bank holidays: seven things employers need to know (an extra public holiday?)

19 May 2020

Updated guidance in light of furlough and the prospect of an extra bank holiday...

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Eight steps to consider when changing your DC pension

12 May 2020

Changing the defined contribution (DC) pension scheme might be something organisations are considering in the context of furlough or simply...

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Tech giants Uber and Airbnb make sweeping job cuts

7 May 2020

Pandemic forces global tech giants to reshape workforces, but country-by-country breakdown of job losses unknown.

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HMRC shown red card as referee judgment gives pause for thought on IR35

7 May 2020

An appeal judgment with major ramifications for self-employed workers and IR35 has been made in the upper tribunal that has...

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European court issues worker status clarification in Yodel case

1 May 2020

The European Court of Justice has provided some clarification around how ‘worker’ status is defined under EU law, but has...

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Law Commission aims to extend time limits for employment tribunal cases

30 Apr 2020

Proposals could enable more cases to be settled before proceedings are brought.

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House of Lords committee reveals IR35 concerns

22 Apr 2020

The House of Lords committee looking at the proposed extension of IR35 regulations to the private sector has written to...

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Hairdresser wins £20k after being asked to clean up dog excrement

21 Apr 2020

A hairdresser has been awarded £20,000 at an employment tribunal after her boss asked her to pick up excrement in...

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High Court offers clarity around furlough during administration

14 Apr 2020

A High Court judgment has provided clarity around how administrators should apply the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for employees whose...

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Unpaid work means women underpaid by £126bn

9 Apr 2020

Unpaid work such as childcare, cooking and cleaning means the gender pay gap is much higher than official figures, according...

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