Your rights as an employee in the workplace
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Why are employment contracts so important?
As an employee, regardless of the number of hours you work per week, you are entitled to receive a written statement detailing the terms and conditions of your employment. This should be issued before you start work.
Contracts although go far beyond the legal necessity, and provide you and your employer with peace of mind so everyone knows where they stand.
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What should my employment contract include?
Under Section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, an employment contract must include the following. However, this is by no means an exhaustive list and there are variables that may affect you, so we would strongly advise that you get in contact for further advice and details.
Yours and your employers names
The date of commencement of employment
The amount of pay and the frequency of payment, eg – weekly or monthly
The hours of work
The title of the job and where it is based
What the disciplinary, dismissal and grievance procedures are in the workplace
Details and eligibility of the employer’s occupational pension scheme, if there is one
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Your employment contract questions answered
Employers can certainly breach your employment contract, and for a number of different reasons. The most common reason will be that they haven’t stuck to a clause within the contract. This can include:
- Making unauthorised changes to the contract
- Not following the correct procedures as outlined in the contract
- Failing to pay monies owed such as salary.
Your employer isn’t permitted to make changes to your working hours, job duties or rate of pay in the employment contract without notifying you, and in many cases reaching an agreement.
Yes. It is a statutory requirement to provide written terms and conditions (know as “particulars”) before you start work.
At Goughs, our employment specialists have unrivalled experience in dealing with both employers and employees. We can help with both writing and reviewing existing contracts and advising on breach of employment contract issues.
We have built up many years of experience and our team not only offer advice to businesses but also advise on broader business planning issues and sit on various advisory boards, ensuring that our advice and expertise looks beyond the contract itself and ensures all advice really is in your best interests.
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