The Essential Guide to Employment Contracts

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Contractual Terms on Working Hours and Unmeasured Workers

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 09/07/2018 Do you recognise this wording from your contract of employment? “The Employee's normal working hours shall be 9am to 5pm on Mondays to Fridays and such additional hours as are necessary for the proper performance of their duties.” Most employment contracts contain this or similar wording. Even if t...
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Contracts of Employment Pay and Conditions of Employment
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Contract Clauses for Homeworking

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 13/03/2018 Where a business employs homeworkers, it should ensure that contracts of employment reflect the changes involved in working at home and any additional obligations involved for the protection of both employee and employer. Where the employee becomes a homeworker during their employment, perhaps foll...
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Contracts of Employment: Notice Clauses

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 23/01/2018 There are statutory provisions relating to notice that will apply where there are no contractual notice provisions specified but there are a number of reasons why it is preferable to have a detailed notice clause in the contract of employment. Length of notice Statutory notice is specified by Artic...
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Garden Leave Clauses in Contracts of Employment - A Thorny Subject?

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 14/11/2017 What are garden leave clauses? ‘Garden leave’ is where an employer requires the employee to stay at home on full pay during their notice period. Except in limited circumstances the right to put an employee on garden leave must be effected by way of an express clause. Placing the employee on garden...
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Contracts of Employment
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Deductions and Repayment Clauses in Contracts of Employment

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 12/09/2017 Repayment and deductions clauses are useful tools for employers. They can be used to claw back training costs and other debts, as a disciplinary sanction, an incentive to stay in employment for longer or as a deterrent to breaching the contract of employment. There are some considerations when draf...
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Contracts of Employment Pay and Conditions of Employment
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Mobility Clauses - An Employee’s Place of Work

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 11/07/2017 It is a requirement of Article 33 of Employment Rights (NI) Order 1996 (statement of particulars of employment) that an employer is required to state an employee’s place or places of work. These details are often contained in a contract by way of a mobility clause which reserves the right of the em...
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Contracts of Employment
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Contract Clauses – Fixed Terms

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 13/03/2017 It is a requirement of Article 33 of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 that any terms of employment confirms the duration of that employment. This is particularly important where any appointment is temporary or for a fixed term. Contracts should set this out clearly to avoid later...
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Contracts of Employment
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The Letter Of Offer of Employment

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 23/01/2017 A letter of offer of employment is often the start of employment relationship. It is an important document and needs to be drafted with care to avoid disputes and misunderstanding. Decide if the letter of offer is to be just that or whether it will constitute the contract. The letter of offer can b...
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Contracts of Employment
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Probationary Periods and the Contract of Employment

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 21/11/2016 Probationary Periods - Is it a requirement? There is no statutory requirement to include a probationary period in a contract of employment. However, it is a useful tool to manage new or newly promoted employees. There is no automatic or implied term in a contract for a probationary period so it mus...
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Contracts of Employment Probation
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Prohibited terms in employment contracts

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 19/09/2016 Generally speaking prohibited contract terms are those prohibited by the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order (as amended) (the ERO) and those which are otherwise illegal.Prohibition by the ERO Article 245 of the ERO prohibits the use of terms in an employment contract which have the effect o...
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Discrimination and Equality Contracts of Employment