Contracts of employment

Clio SpringerEditor's message: The contract of employment forms the backbone of the employment relationship, so it is advisable for employers to ensure that contractual terms are expressed clearly in writing. We explain why in Employment law manual > Contracts of employment > Formation of the employment contract > The importance of written terms.

Having agreed contractual terms, employers may wish to change them, and this is one of the areas where they can get into difficulties. See Varying the contract for guidance on this issue.

Clio Springer, senior employment law editor

Latest items in Contracts of employment

  • Date:
    22 September 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Fans of the Great British Bake Off are still reeling from the news it will move from the BBC to Channel 4, without presenters Mel, Sue or Mary Berry. We examine how employers should react when there's a risk of key people leaving, and if there is anything they can do to mitigate losing top talent.

  • Policies and documents tool: further improvements to layout

    Date:
    22 September 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    A further 18 categories within our suite of model documents are now listed in the order in which HR professionals might use them. This follows on from the earlier redesign of 14 key areas, making it easier than ever to find the templates that you need among XpertHR's 1,000 model documents.

  • Unions to shine light on "businesses that treat workers like animals"

    Date:
    13 September 2016
    Type:
    News

    The general secretary of the TUC Frances O'Grady warned "greedy businesses that treat workers like animals" that they have no place to hide in her speech at the TUC Congress in Brighton.

  • Podcast: Introduction to the gig economy

    Date:
    9 September 2016
    Type:
    Audio and video

    We discuss some recent gig economy employment tribunal claims and the risks faced by organisations that hire freelancers through web applications.

  • Podcast: HR and the gig economy

    Date:
    9 September 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    We provide an overview of the "gig economy", consider issues about which HR should be aware if their organisation is hiring freelancers through technology platforms, and discuss some employment tribunal cases brought by contingent workers.

  • Zero hours contracts increase by one-fifth

    Date:
    8 September 2016
    Type:
    News

    The number of people saying they work on a zero hours basis in their main job has increased by 21%, and nearly a third (31%) of people on such contracts say they want more hours than they are currently given.

  • Sports Direct scraps zero hours contracts and "six strikes" policy

    Date:
    6 September 2016
    Type:
    News

    Sports Direct is to offer its casual retail workers the opportunity to switch from a zero hours arrangement to a permanent contract guaranteeing at least 12 hours per week.

  • Restrictive covenant breach: £30,000 and injunction for employer

    Date:
    19 August 2016
    Type:
    Law reports

    In DLA Piper's latest case report, the High Court awarded damages of £30,000 and gave an injunction to a company after a former employee breached restrictive covenants by using a combination of customer contact details and information from purchase logs acquired during his employment to poach customers.

  • Employer bound by verbal offer of employment by recruitment agency

    Date:
    18 August 2016
    Type:
    Editor's choice

    An employment tribunal has held, in McCann v Snozone Ltd, that the employer must pay a job applicant damages of one month's salary for breach of contract by withdrawing a verbal job offer that the applicant had accepted.

  • Date:
    17 August 2016
    Type:
    Legal guidance

    Engaging employees under fixed-term contracts can provide employers with workforce flexibility. Such employees have an array of rights, in particular under the Fixed-term Employees Regulations. We look at five points that employers should watch out for.