It is common knowledge that a business without employment contracts is leaving itself wide open to problems. The terms and conditions within a contract of employment help both the employee and employer understand what is expected of them, and can prove invaluable in defending your business should you ever end up in an employment tribunal. Employees are protected by statutory rights and laws; a contract of employment is your way of protecting yourself.

An employment contract is defined as simply an agreement that an individual will work for a company – it doesn’t necessarily need to be in writing. However, you are obliged to provide employees with a written statement of their rights and terms and conditions of employment within two months of this agreement. Once signed, it is considered that both parties agree to abide by those terms and conditions; after this point, the terms are enforceable.

What is in an employment contract?

As well as the usual details such as working hours, job title and salary, there are a number of optional terms that can be included in staff contracts, which could support you in the event of a dispute:

  • Holiday and sick pay entitlement (beyond statutory)
  • Disciplinary and dismissal procedures
  • Your stance on bullying and harassment
  • Any aspects of your drugs and alcohol policy you want in writing
  • Maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave rights (beyond statutory)
  • Restrictive covenants

How Peninsula can help with contracts of employment

Peninsula’s employment law experts can help employers by drafting bespoke staff contracts, containing all the terms and conditions you require – or that we advise. This employment contract template can then be stored in our cloud-based HR tool, hronline, to be printed out as needed. Health and safety documentation and staff handbooks can also be written up and stored in the same way.

This HR outsourcing solution also includes a confidential email advice service. Your managers and directors can therefore get fast, reliable advice whenever they have a query relating to contracts of employment or any other HR issue.

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