Employment Contracts – FAQs

Employment Contracts – FAQs

Listed below are some questions we are commonly asked:

My employer hasn’t issued me with a contract of employment, what should I do?

Employers are required to provide all employees whose employment is likely to last 1 month or more, with a statement of terms and particulars of employment within 2 months of employment starting. If your employer has not provided you with a statement or a contract of employment you should ask for this. If your employer still doesn’t provide this, or if there is a disagreement about what your terms are, then you could make an application to an Employment Tribunal for it to determine what your terms and conditions are. Our employment solicitors can help you if you need to raise any concerns with your employer or make an application to the Employment Tribunal.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general guidance only and is not intended to constitute legal advice. You must consult our employment solicitors if you require advice on your situation or circumstances.

 

My employer wants to change my terms and conditions, can they do that?

This depends on what your employer is attempting to change, the reason why the change is needed and the impact that the change would have on you. If your employer is planning on making significant changes to your contract, there must be a good business reason for this.  Your employer would also have to fully consult with you, to explain why the change is thought necessary and in an effort to try and reach an agreement with you.

Always take advice from our employment solicitors, as we will quickly be able to identify if your employer can make the changes that they want to.  If new changes are simply imposed on you, you may have a claim and should take advice from our employment solicitors.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general guidance only and is not intended to constitute legal advice. You must consult our employment solicitors if you require advice on your situation or circumstances.

 

What should a statement of terms and particulars of employment include?

The statement of terms and particulars of employment should include:

  • Your name and the name of your employer
  • The date your employment started / when your period of continuous employment began
  • How much pay you will get and when it will be paid
  • What your hours of work are
  • What your holiday entitlement is and how a day’s holiday pay is calculated
  • What your sick pay entitlement is
  • Your job title or a description of the work you do
  • Your place of work
  • Your notice period entitlements
  • What pension scheme is available to you, if any
  • If your contract is for a fixed term or is not intended to be permanent, when it will come to an end
  • To whom you should raise a grievance if you have a complaint against your employer
  • To whom you should appeal if you are unhappy with any disciplinary action taken against you
  • Whether there are any collective agreements negotiated by a trade union which apply to your employment

Your employer should give this statement to you within 2 months of you starting a new job.  If not, contact our team of employment lawyers in Ipswich.

Disclaimer: This information is provided for general guidance only and is not intended to constitute legal advice. You must consult our employment solicitors if you require advice on your situation or circumstances.

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