The Essential Guide to Employment Contracts

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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 must ...
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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
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The Duty of Trust and Confidence

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 19/07/2016 The duty is owed by both parties to the contract and requires both parties not to act in a way that is designed or likely to damage or cause the relationship to break down. It is a very wide term that applies to every aspect of the relationship between employer and employee.Background Case law has ...
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Contracts of Employment
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Implied Terms in Employment Contracts

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 16/05/2016 What is an implied term? Employment contracts are subject to the same legal principles as other contracts in that the terms between the parties should be expressly written but in addition there are number of term that can be implied into an employment contract even where they are not expressly agre...
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Contracts of Employment
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Continuity of Employment - Why is it Important?

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 19/04/2016 The requirement to provide a written statement of terms of employment includes the date from which the employment began. It is important to record this as many employment rights only apply after a minimum period of continuous service. For example: after one year continuous service an individual can...
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Contracts of Employment
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The Requirement to Provide a Contract of Employment

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 19/01/2016 The Requirement to Provide a Written Statement of Particulars / Contract of EmploymentWhat is the legal requirement?Employees (not all workers) are entitled to a written statement of particulars of the most important aspects of their contract. Alternative documents may be used such as an offer lett...
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Making a Reasonable Investigation

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 07/10/2015 There is a well-established line of legal authorities on the importance of conducting an investigation into misconduct. In practice, it is often difficult to draw the line on how far to investigate employees’ responses to allegations of misconduct. The decision of the Court of Appeal in the case of...
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Disciplinary and Grievance Issues
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On the Road - the ECJ Decide if Travel Time is Working Time

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 15/09/2015 The European Working Time Directive 2003 (WTD) and the national legislation comprised in the Working Time Regulations (NI) 1998 (WTR) have been under regular scrutiny in the courts over the last number of years. Few employers will have missed the publicity surrounding the debate over what should an...
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N for No Escape from TUPE

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 25/08/2015 What happens to the employees of C if A outsources services to B who then subcontracts to C and A subsequently insources the work or changes the provider from B to someone else? Do C’s employee’s transfer?Kiera Lee writes:Until now tribunals have been of the view that since there is no contractual ...
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Health and Safety
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L for Luck Has Nothing To Do With It!

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 16/03/2015 Kiera Lee, writes:There was an overall increase in 2014 in the number of people in employment in Northern Ireland. http://www.detini.gov.uk/economic_overview___8211__february_2015__for_web_.pdf Whatever recruitment challenges employers are facing it is important that anyone involved in recruitment ...