Do your employees have a contract?
As part of the Employment Rights Act 1996 an employee should be issued with a contract of employment or written statement of particulars within the first two months of employment.
The content of an employment contract or written statement of particulars should contain the following information;
- The organisation’s name.
- The employee’s name, job title and start date.
- How much and how often the employee will get paid.
- The hours of work.
- Details of holiday entitlement.
- Where an employee will be working and whether they might have to re-locate.
- The address of the employer’s location and if an employee works in different places where these will be.
It is also important to contain further information in addition to the above. A good contract of employment would contain robust restrictive covenants in order to protect the interests of the business.
Additionally, it is advisable to have a comprehensive employee handbook which would include policies including disciplinary, grievance and equal opportunities amongst others. An employee handbook will help in minimising risk if an organisation is in receipt of a claim via an employment tribunal or court.
Don’t be caught out, and make sure you are legally compliant.
For further advice you can contact us at Atom HR for peace of mind. We can guide you throughout the journey.