Editor's message: The contract of employment forms the backbone of the employment relationship, so it is advisable to ensure that your contractual terms are expressed clearly in writing. However, some terms are incorporated from staff handbooks or collective agreements, while others are implied into the contract.
Having agreed them, your organisation may wish to vary contractual terms. This is one of the areas where employers can get into difficulties, so it is important that you follow the proper process.
Clio Springer, senior employment law editor
An employment tribunal has held that an Excel cycle courier was a worker and that his contract with the courier company mislabelled him as self-employed.
Does the recent spate of employment status cases have implications for all employers, or just for the gig economy sector? Fiona Rushforth analyses the Uber, CitySprint and Pimlico Plumbers cases for indications of a shift in approach to the classifications of worker or self-employed status.
We discuss the reasons behind the decisions in Uber, CitySprint and Pimlico Plumbers and explore the factors that employers may wish to consider where they are engaging individuals on a self-employed basis.
Updated to reflect that, from 1 April 2017, it will be an offence for training providers to describe training as an "apprenticeship" where it is not a statutory apprenticeship.
Consultant editor Darren Newman questions if the current debate on worker status will result in any fundamental changes.
The distinction between "employee" and "worker" should be abolished, according to experts called before the first morning's hearing of an inquiry into the Future World of Work.
The High Court has held that two ex-employees breached their contracts of employment by misusing confidential information belonging to their former employer's business. However, the High Court found that the employer had not suffered any financial loss and that it was entitled to only nominal damages of £1 from each employee.
Updated to include information on HM Treasury's decision to amend the definition of financial advice.
The number of people working under zero hours contracts appears to have slowed significantly in 2016, according to fresh analysis of labour market data.
We discuss the key employment law trends and changes that are affecting the HR landscape, including: gender pay gap reporting; the Trade Union Act 2016; public-sector exit payments and employment status.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to contracts of employment.