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Employment Law

Employment contracts – the basics

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An employment contract is simply an agreement between an employee and their employer. Usually an employment contract is issued at the same time as an offer of employment is accepted but, if this is not the case, the contract must be issued within two months of the start date for all employees (not including self-employed or agency staff BUT including part-time or temporary employees regardless of how many hours they are working) who have been employed for more than one month. Whilst most employment contracts are in writing (and we would recommend this to avoid any ambiguity and also to…

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Agency workers regulations – are you compliant?

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1st October 2011 marked a watershed in the treatment of agency workers by employers. If you are an agency worker, or employ agency workers here’s the ‘in a nutshell’ summary that you need. 12 weeks is the critical period of employment, after this period has elapsed an agency workers’ entitlements change in respect to the following: Rate of pay Rest periods and breaks (paid or unpaid) Working hours Holiday entitlement Night work liability Quite simply, their entitlement must become identical to that of a full time employee in the same role, if not you may well find yourself on the…

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