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.


Final Berger director disqualified for five years

15 Jun 2005

A director of a company that conned HR departments out of more than £4m has become the final member of the team to be disqualified following a Department of Trade and Industry clampdown on the firm.

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GMB claims electronic tagging dehumanises workforce

7 Jun 2005

The GMB has accused some employers of dehumanising their workforce, after a report for the union showed the use of electronic tagging for staff was on the rise

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Sunday shop and betting work

7 Jun 2005

XpertHR answers questions on rights of employees not to work on Sundays

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Nationwide to allow staff to work until they are 75

2 Jun 2005

Nationwide Building Society is extending its terms and conditions of employment so employees who wish to work until the age of 75 can do so.

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M&S set to change work contracts

31 May 2005

The Mail On Sunday said the new contracts will leave staff better off financially, in return for changes to working hours

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Right of appeal row at council

31 May 2005

An internal dispute over employment rights is threatening to escalate after staff working for a London council claimed their right...

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Women at work most affected by election

4 May 2005

A TUC report has rubbished claims that there is little difference between the main political parties by highlighting the positive benefits for women if the Labour Party were to win the general election.

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No holiday rights for people on long-term sick leave

27 Apr 2005

In a landmark decision the Court of Appeal has ruled that workers on long-term sick leave do not accrue the right to paid holiday.

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Written statements of employment particulars

26 Apr 2005

XpertHR answers questions on the statement of employment particulars issued to employees

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House of Commons cleaners appeal for living wage

4 Apr 2005

Union contacts politicians to plead for better terms and conditions for cleaners at Parliament

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See-through pensions

29 Mar 2005

The changes in corporate pension legislation are designed to make the system more transparent. What action does HR have to take? Peter Maher reports

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P&O Ferries (Bermuda) Ltd v Spencer, Employment Appeal Tribunal

29 Mar 2005

Time on call does not always qualify as ‘hours of work’P&O Ferries (Bermuda) Ltd v Spencer, Employment Appeal TribunalSpencer was...

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Managers at the bottom of the league when it comes to pay

23 Mar 2005

Despite the massive salaries on offer to managers in the top league, many of the UK’s football bosses are more...

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Court rules in favour of employees in staff transfers

1 Mar 2005

Public authorities in the EU have no free hand to change the terms and conditions of employees they inherit when taking over a private sector organisation, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled.

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Civil Service plans to exclude the far right

1 Mar 2005

Members of the British National Party (BNP) and other far-right groups would be banned from working in the civil service, under radical plans being considered by the government.

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