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Contracts of Employment

Businesses often overlook the importance of drafting contracts of employment. We take the view that no two businesses are the same and what might work for one business will not necessarily be effective for another.

Contact us using the details below if you are interested in having your existing contracts of employment reviewed and updated, or if you are thinking of drafting contracts of employment for the first time.

The teams in our Yorkshire based offices will talk you through the basic legal requirements and then recommend a range of additional clauses; our aim being to create a contract of employment that is genuinely tailored to meet the individual needs of your business.

Our employment contract solicitors are also happy to agree a deadline with you for carrying the work and are able to offer a range of pricing options including fixed fees.

Reasons to ensure you give contracts to your employees

There are over 300 types of claim that an individual can bring against their employer. The business has merely their contract to rely upon. It therefore pays to ensure that you gain maximum protection from the outset.

  • If you do not have a contract your employee can potentially claim 4 weeks pay from you. They are entitled to receive details of certain legal provisions within 8 weeks of them starting work. 
  • There is no reason why an employee can not set up in a competing business and take your clients'. Unless you have very carefully and tightly drafted provisions in your contract merely inserting that the employee is unable to poach your clients will be unenforceable. 
  • There is no right to deduct payments from an employee's pay unless they have agreed to it in writing. No employee will agree to this after the event, careful drafting will ensure this is not an issue. 
  • There is no right to reclaim overtaken holiday pay or training fees that have been paid to or on behalf of the employee were they to leave part way through the holiday year or before the benefit of the training had been obtained by the business. Special provisions in the contract can mean this no longer becomes an issue. 

A little time and investment at the outset of the employment relationship can result in substantial savings for the business later down the line.

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We will provide you with the specific advice you need and regularly update you on the progress of your employment contract as it is created. Contact our Leeds, Sheffield or York offices to speak to one of our solicitors today.

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