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Contracts and Legalities

Discussion in 'Law & Insurance' started by CoffeeBeans13, Jan 25, 2015.

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    CoffeeBeans13

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    I was just wondering about employment contracts.
    We always make sure that if we offer a job, the offer letter is sent with a copy of the contract and any forms we requite to be completed before the employment commences.

    My question is - is the contract actually worth the paper it's written on these days especially as an employer can terminate a contract any time within the first two years of employment?

    Sorry if I've posted this in the wrong place
     
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    As long as the contract is well written, it will be well worth the paper it's written on. An employer can terminate a contract in the first two years, but there are a lot of caveats to this - this can't be for a discriminatory reason, if the employee exercised a statutory right, etc. Following a ruling late last year, there are potential issues with the value of holiday pay if you provide overtime (and this is a complicated area anyway, so well worth having it nailed down in the contract). And beyond two years (or sometimes even during this), the contract should be effective enough for you as an employer to exercise your authority or make changes as circumstances arise, without leaving yourself open to any sort of claim.

    You are required by law to issue the contract (a Statement of Particulars - the bare bones of an employment contract) within two months of the employment commencing. There is no direct penalty if you don't, but if another claim was successful in an employment tribunal, the absence of a contract can add a few weeks wages to any award.


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    Maevla

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    Good advice Karl thanks
     
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    A properly drafted employment contract is definitely worth the paper it is written on. If you need to make changes to the employment relationship later down the line (eg changing hours) a contract allowing for this can be important. It is also a good idea to have restrictive covenants in your employment contract to protect you from employees stealing your clients, copying your business in an unreasonable way etc when they leave.
     
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    As long as it's written by a qualified attorneys yes.
     
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    Yes, its worthy as long as those papers are written by authorized lawyers.
     

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