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All businesses are required by law to issue each employee with a statement of employment particulars, more commonly known as an Employment Contract, on or before the first day of employment. This should contain some key information regarding the terms and conditions of employment including:

  • name of the employer
  • name of employee and start date
  • if a previous job counts towards a period of continuous employment
  • how much and how often the employee will get paid
  • hours of work
  • holiday entitlement
  • any provision for sick pay and pension
  • place of work
  • length of notice
  • job title or a brief description of the work
  • information if the employee is required to work outside the UK for more than one month

Since the 1 April 2020 it must all include:

  • in relation to hours of work, it must give details of the days of the week the worker is required to work and whether are not such hours are variable and, if they may be, how they vary or how that variation is determined
  • any terms and conditions relating to paid leave (other than holiday or sick leave)
  • any other benefits not covered elsewhere in the statement
  • details of any probationary period/trial shifts and the conditions applicable to them
  • details of any training entitlement provided by the employer
  • details of any compulsory training
  • details of any compulsory training that is not paid for by the employer

This contract sets out the terms and conditions so getting it right from the outset is essential. If you fail to do so, this can result in unnecessary arguments or disputes – and an award of up to four weeks’ pay if the situation goes to an Employment Tribunal.

Get employment contract legal advice

Our Employment Lawyers are experienced  in drafting and reviewing Employment Contracts and Director’s Service Agreements – ensuring that the contracts we prepare are clear, concise and will be tailored to suit and protect your business, to guarantee its ongoing success. These also form a template for future contracts, to allow uniformity throughout the business. Where appropriate, they will offer flexibility – so that your business can meet the demands it may face in a challenging market.

We can also draft or review Employee Handbooks, which provide the opportunity to create clear working practices in the workplace – so that all of your staff members understand the expectations and the ethos of the business.

For the essential employment law information download our free Pocket Guide to Employment Law or for information on our Employee Starter Pack click on the image below

To make an appointment to speak to one of our Employment Solicitors call Paula Stuart on 07887 998799 or Stuart Snelson on 07715 110425

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The Employment Team

  • Stuart Snelson Partner
    Employment 07715 110425
    Stuart is Head of the Employment Department and has over 20 years’ experience advising on all aspects of employment and pensions law.   His partner led service provides practical and commercially focused advice to a wide range of local, national and international clients on the whole range of work related matters.


  • Paula Stuart Partner
    Employment 01908 689345
    Paula has over 20 years’ experience practising employment law and provides clear and practical advice to all clients in all aspects of employment matters. Paula also delivers bespoke seminars to clients to meet their specific training needs. Recent courses include ‘The Essentials of Employment Law’ and ‘Best Practice when Managing Redundancies’