We prepare Contracts of Employment and Staff Handbooks.
A well-managed workplace needs established standards. Policies and procedures should be reviewed each year or when problems highlight the need.
Importantly, managers and staff need regular training on their rights and obligations. In a recent case- Allay UK Ltd v S Gehlen- the Employment Appeal Tribunal found against the employer because training and policies had become 'stale' so it's important to refresh minds.
We prepare Contracts of Employment and Staff Handbooks. A well-managed workplace will have these. They need to be regularly reviewed as they set the scene and allow for prompt action to be taken where employees fall short of what is required and provide channels for raising legal concerns in an orderly way.
Policies and procedures are essential evidence in employment tribunals.
No less importantly, well drafted contracts protect your organisation against poaching staff, ideas and clients. Well-drafted contracts will prevent employees enticing clients and employees away for a reasonable period – normally 6-12 months.
An employer can ask (not insist) that employees consider signing up to new terms and conditions. As long at these reasons are real (for example, working different hours to meet client needs) an employee can be dismissed on notice as the need to change is a ‘substantial reason.’ An employer must hold a fair procedure and act reasonably before dismissing but tribunals understand that managers are entitled to make changes.
Specialist Employment Lawyers: Contracts & Employee Handbooks
If you need representation, call our specialist team or make an online enquiry:
London: 020 7247 7190 | Manchester: 0161 850 4095
Birmingham: 0121 728 6518