Contracts of Employment

There’s often some uncertainty over what this elusive document is and means, so we thought it worth laying out the nuts and bolts. Known as a Compromise Agreement before July 2013, the Settlement Agreement is a legally binding agreement between an employer and an employee....

A process of redundancy or restructuring is daunting for anyone, especially for managers who have never had to deal with these issues first-hand before. By getting it right, you stand to gain respect and also engage employees who are staying and those who are leaving....

It’s generally with a mixture of happiness and panic that employers greet such news from a member of staff. Resisting the temptation to google ‘Maternity Leave’ within minutes of them revealing their news, your mind propels forward into the potential month you will ‘lose’ them,...

How to deal with a departing employee who breaches a garden leave clause. If an employee breaches a garden leave clause, for example by working for a competitor during the garden leave period, the employer could decide to apply for an injunction to prevent the employee...

Dress codes in employment, including guidance for hot weather wear Dress codes Dress codes are often used in the workplace and there are many reasons why an employer may have one, for example workers may be asked to wear a uniform to communicate a corporate image and...

What is the psychological contract? A term first used in the early 1960s but became more popular following the economic downturn in the early 1990s. It has been defined as '…the perceptions of the two parties, employee and employer, of what their mutual obligations are towards...

Zero hours contracts work really well and have a valuable role to play as long as they are managed appropriately. The following are some key areas to manage: Provide zero-hours workers with reasonable compensation if pre-arranged work is cancelled with no notice - minimum of...

FALSE: “He hasn’t signed his contract, so he is not entitled to our company sick pay.” FALSE: “She never signed her contract, therefore we can change her hours of work.” It is prudent for employers to require employees to sign and return a copy of their written...