Acas has developed a free online learning package to help businesses and organisations understand and put together contracts of employment in the workplace.
In 2003, Acas received 8,271 applications to employment tribunals relating to breach of contract.
All employers should provide employees with a written statement of employment, but how and what should be included can often lead to confusion, according to John Taylor, Acas chief executive.
Taylor said: "This online learning package will help employers to develop appropriate policies and procedures to get it right. Using Acas good practice will help stop problems developing in the first place."
The course covers topics such as:
- contracts of employment
- written statements
- varying a contract of employment
- understanding contractual issues
- employees' rights on pay.
The course also defines what a contract of employment is and looks at understanding contractual issues.