New Year's Resolution: Getting Your House in Order

Jan 13, 2017
For many people the start of a New Year results in resolutions to become more organised and do all those jobs that we know we need to do, but never get round to. 

One of those tasks is ensuring that your staff have up to date employment contracts in place. The importance of employment contracts cannot be underestimated. They are crucial in setting out rules or standards of behaviour that employees are expected to adhere to, the hours they are required to work, how they should report sickness absence and, often most crucially, what they are permitted to do once they stop working for you. 

Not only that, but if you have no employment contracts in place for staff at all you are actually breaking the law. All employees should be given a statement of terms and conditions within eight weeks of starting work. Failure to do so can result in a claim to the Employment Tribunal as well as both parties not really understanding their rights and responsibilities which can affect morale and easily lead to disputes. 

We can prepare bespoke employment contracts and staff handbooks specifically tailored to your business. We can also review your existing documentation to ensure that it is legally compliant and make any amendments necessary to better protect your business. 

If sorting out your employment documentation is on your to do list for 2017 please contact one of the experts in the Employment Team so we can help get one of the jobs ticked off your list.  

Joanna Sutton

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Joanna Sutton

Joanna qualified as a solicitor in 2010 and joined Nockolds as a Senior Associate in March 2016 having previously worked and trained at another firm ...

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