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The Essential Guide to Employment Contracts

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Contractual or Discretionary? Considerations when drafting Employment Benefits Policies

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 25/03/2019 In an increasingly competitive recruitment market, the onus is on employers to do everything they can to attract the very best talent available. Rewarding work, good culture and career opportunities are all important to prospective employees. However, employment benefits have become a key tool for ...
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Protecting Confidential Information: The Duty of Confidentiality in Contracts of Employment

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 21/01/2019 Confidentiality What information is confidential? Ultimately, this is for each employer to determine having regard to the work they do and the industry or sector in which they operate. Typically, confidential information may include customer or client lists, business plans, financial information, s...
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Contracts of Employment
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Employment Policies – Make them work for you rather than against you

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 27/11/2018 You might often hear the phrase “a contract of employment is only as good as its policies”. It’s true. Policies are advantageous to both employers and to their employees. For employers it allows them to set out the standards expected of employees, the process when an employee falls below those stan...
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Contracts of Employment Policies and Procedures
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A Guide to Secondments

Posted in: Essential Guide to Employment Contracts on 11/09/2018 For an employee (otherwise known as a secondee), it’s the opportunity work in a different office or environment, a different company, different city or even a different country. This may afford them a chance to develop their existing skills, acquire new skills or experience and advance their career...
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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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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