The government has unveiled a series of employment law reforms aimed at boosting the economy and reducing costs for businesses. The measures include changes to the Working Time Regulations 1998, the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE), and non-compete clauses. The measures are set out in the policy paper ‘Smarter Regulation to Grow
Contracts & Procedures
Having appropriate contracts of employment in place for your employees can go a long way in helping manage your business’ risk of claims further down the line.
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What does and does not need to be included in your contracts of employment will be dependent on the nature of your business, but also the role and seniority of the employee.
Our solicitors can provide specific, tailored contracts according to your business needs and ensure that they are properly drafted to protect your business against risk. For example, in certain industries and often with senior employees it will be important for your business to protect against employees working for a direct competitor or poaching clients.
Our solicitors can advise on:
- Drafting contracts for new employees;
- Appropriate protections to include in your contracts of employment;
- Reviews of existing template contracts used by your business;
- Variations to existing contracts and how to manage to secure the employee’s agreement to variations
- Director and senior-level contracts of employment
It is also prudent for your business to have proper policies and procedures in place, usually documented in a Staff Handbook. We can advise on whether your existing policies can be amended to afford you better protections, or draft new policies for you. For example, our corporate clients have requested recently that we provide them with tailored Flexible Working Policies in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Other policies and procedures your business should have in place may include:
- Disciplinary and Grievance Policy
- Parental Leave Policies
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Sickness and Absence Policy
Having appropriate policies and procedures in place can help reduce management time and legal costs further down the line. Our solicitors can explain the policies most useful to your business and answer any questions you may have on how to apply them across your business.