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.


Unison wins Leicestershire council pay scheme case

13 Jan 2005

Unison has won a landmark victory against a local authority's decision to dismiss 2,500 staff and re-employ them on less favourable terms.

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Theatre deal likely to see Sunday shows

23 Dec 2004

Union Bectu has advised members to accept a London pay dealthat will see theatres open on Sundays

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Employers must not gamble with casino workers’ rights

14 Dec 2004

The Gambling Bill, due to come into force in 2006, will increase the number of staff employed in the gaming industry, raising issues for employers

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Pilots threaten strike action if EU flying hours laws adopted

13 Dec 2004

The UK’s airline pilots are threatening not to co-operate if new laws harmonising flying hours across the EU are introduced....

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Background checks are neglected by employers

30 Nov 2004

A CV-checking expert is warning that too many employers are taking unnecessary risks through the inadequate monitoring of existing staff...

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It’s good to talk…

30 Nov 2004

The new consultation laws will encourage employers and staff to understand each other better

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Letters

30 Nov 2004

Future predictions are correct

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TUC to push for rise in adult minimum wage

11 Nov 2004

In its annual submission to the Low Pay Commission (LPC), the TUC will today recommend an increase in the adult...

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Lord Falconer committed to ending compensation culture

11 Nov 2004

A government drive to end the UK’s compensation culture has been welcomed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).In a...

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Opt-out rights need to be carefully thought through

9 Nov 2004

The European Commission’s (EC) review of the Working Time Directive has reached a critical stage. Over the next few weeks,...

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UK companies stress the positive on National Stress Awareness Day

3 Nov 2004

The majority of UK businesses now have strategies in place to deal with stress at work, according to the Institute...

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Thousands of jobs are safe following £260m Safeway sell-off

26 Oct 2004

More than 9,200 employees at supermarket chain Safeway were told that their jobs are safe following a £260m sell-off yesterday.Morrison,...

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Is there a price to pay for suing costly employees

19 Oct 2004

Suing staff for breach of contract can mean navigating dangerous waters. So what should employers watch out for?

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Usdaw hails Christmas Day shutdown ‘historic milestone’

18 Oct 2004

Retail union Usdaw hailed Friday 15 October as a “historic milestone”, after the Christmas Day (Trading) Bill passed its final...

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UK employers confident over consultation

5 Oct 2004

The majority of employers are confident that their existing consultation procedures will comply with the forthcoming Information and Consultation of...

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