Contracts and agreements
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Taking on employees is a key step in the growth and success of any business but it’s also a tangle of frequently changing rules and regulations. Setting out the terms of your agreement with a new member of staff in a clear written contract helps reduce the risk of any disputes arising later.
Whilst no contract can override an employee's statutory rights, such as entitlements to sick pay, maternity leave and the minimum wage, a tailor-made contract can offer more generous entitlements than the statutory minimum. You may want to consider specific contractual terms, particularly for senior employees.
For example, you might want the employment contract to include clauses on confidentiality and restrictions on leaving to set up a competing business or poaching staff.
Our employment lawyers can offer guidance on writing bespoke contracts and will ensure that any terms in the employment contract will be enforceable. We can also provide a comprehensive contract review service to ensure you are fully compliant with current legislation and best practice.
Contract review service
As employment law is constantly evolving and developing, companies often find it difficult to stay abreast of their legal obligations therefore we will carry out an assessment of your company's contract of employment on a complimentary basis, in order to ensure that you are complying with current legislation and best practice.
If you would like us to carry out this service on a free-of-charge basis, please email the relevant documents to firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting "Contract Review" in the title of your email.
Our employment lawyers can also advise companies on terminating employees by way of a settlement agreement. When used properly, settlement agreements are an effective way of terminating employment, recording the terms and the payments to be made and obtaining confirmation of an employee's waiver of claims.
We are able to ensure your company's settlement agreements are drafted effectively and reflect current trends (such as social networking sites) and can advise on areas for concern specific to your business when employees depart.
Employment law - handy guide to latest key facts and figures
With employment law changing so frequently, we are mindful that employers may find it hard to keep up to date with the latest regulations.
As part of our commitment to helping you minimise the risk to your business of an employment claim, please download our handy guide to current key facts and figures relating to employment law.