It is a legal requirement that employers provide employees with a written statement of their terms of employment. This should set out the minimum terms governing the employment relationship and is the bare minimum that an employer must provide.
However, in almost all cases it is advisable for employers to provide a written contract of employment to an employee. This is often far more advantageous to the employer. A written contract can include details of the ownership of intellectual property rights, confidentiality clauses and post termination restrictions. Provisions can also be included to enable the employer to vary some of the terms of employment.
It is advisable to ensure that you have well drafted policies and procedures including:
- Disciplinary and grievance procedures
- Social media policies
- Staff handbooks
- Employee share schemes
How our Solicitors can help you:
- Discuss your business requirements with you
- Offer bespoke employment contracts for your employees which specifically meet your needs and serve to protect your business interests
- Guide you through the employment law minefield and ensure that you deal correctly with any issue faced
- Ensure that you follow the correct procedures, that policies are in place and that staff employment contracts are well drafted
- Draft effective restrictive covenants to prevent employees from joining a competitor, interfering with supplier relationships and poaching clients and other staff