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Contracts of Employment

The provision of an employment contract avoids ambiguity for both sides and hopefully leads to a stronger employment relationship. Everyone is aware of the expectations that the other party has of them. This can be anything from when salaries get paid to bonus structures.  Contracts of employment form the basis of the employment relationship and should be reviewed regularly to ensure the terms and conditions are up-to-date.

Our team understands that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ contract for firms. We can create specialised clauses according to your Company’s requirements. In the past our consultants have drafted new contracts for clients according to their specific requirements; these have included contracts for freelance consultants, Directors and zero hour employees.

If an employee was to bring a claim to an employment tribunal and it transpired that a contract of employment had not been given to them then the tribunal could award the employee an additional 2 to 4 weeks’ pay on top of any award given which related to their original claim. A claim for not having received a contract is rarely done in isolation and is normally in addition to another claim e.g. unfair dismissal or discrimination. According to Employment Tribunal statistics, the highest unfair dismissal award, for the period 1st April 2014 to 31 March 2015, was £238,216!

Our Consultants will create a new contract template which can be used as many times as you need for a one-off fee. Alternatively, our experts can draft specific clauses for your existing contracts as required.