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.


Wahaca's South Bank branch

Wahaca backtracks on charging waiters over unpaid bills

Mexican-style street food chain Wahaca has altered its policy on making serving staff pay part of the bills of customers who leave without paying.

One in six workers are in insecure, low-paid jobs

12 Jun 2019

One sixth of UK workers – around 5.1 million people – are in insecure, low-paid work, according to new research....

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Mayfair club kitchen porters call for the Living Wage

6 Jun 2019

The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has urged one of London’s most exclusive membership clubs to ensure its...

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Top 10 HR questions May 2019: Ramadan, redundancy and references

5 Jun 2019

Many employers will have staff who have been fasting over the last month, as they observe Ramadan.
The most popular...

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BT to allocate £50m shares to employees

17 May 2019

BT is to distribute £50m in shares each year to staff as it sets out to improve customer service, alter its workplace culture and improve workforce morale.

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Richer Sounds founder hands over stake in company to employees

15 May 2019

Staff at Richer Sounds will receive a £3.5m windfall after being given a 60% stake in the business.
Founder Julian...

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Businesses are resisting worker representation on boards

3 May 2019

Prime minister Theresa May’s aspiration for employers to have more workers in boardrooms appear to have been thwarted by organisations...

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Lifelong learning provision is inadequate, claims Lords committee

25 Apr 2019

The government must rethink its approach to lifelong learning and ensure that it educates younger people for longer working lives,...

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Outsourcing giant faces protests over payroll upgrade

11 Apr 2019

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

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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 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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