Contracts of Employment
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Your workplace contract should set out the terms and conditions of your employment clearly. If you have an issue with your current contract, or changes have been made that you are unhappy with, then it is important to seek legal advice.
When you take on a new role It is vital your employment contract reflects your expectations accurately and that you are aware of your rights if your employer intends to amend your existing contract.
At Tayntons we are well-versed in contracts of employment and we will be quick to pick up on any issues regarding your current contract. If you are about to embark on a potential new job and need advice and guidance through the negotiating process, we can help.
We have a vast amount of experience in areas such as:
- Advice on contract negotiations
- Help with understanding the terms of your contract
- Assessing the fairness and suitability of the terms of your contract
- Assessing the enforceability of imposed restrictions
- Advice on proposed amendments to your existing contract
- Advice on post-termination restrictions contained within the contract
Our expert employment contract solicitors will work alongside you to ensure that your contract protects your best interests.
We understand that dealing with your workplace contract can be extremely stressful and often very confusing. We offer an initial consultation of up to 45 minutes at £150.00 plus VAT (£180.00) to help you with this.
Our contract of employment services
Advice on contract negotiations
When you take on a new role, you may have to negotiate your contract with your employer before you decide to formally accept the position.
We can work with you to help you carry out any negotiations, reviewing the terms that are being presented to you and advise whether you will be able to arrange improved terms if the contract does not reflect the package you were promised.
Helping you understand the details of your contract
The details contained within an employment contract can often be difficult to understand, so our employment solicitors will explain the fine print in plain English, making sure you are fully aware of what your obligations are before you sign anything.
Our employment lawyers can advise you on the fairness and suitability of the terms presented in your contract, assess the enforceability of any imposed restrictions and check for any post-termination clauses that may be included in your contract.
Advising on proposed amendments to an existing contract
We can advise you if your employer is trying to change the terms of your contract, explaining clearly whether the proposed changes are likely to have a detrimental impact on you.
Any changes that employer makes to your contract must be done with your explicit consent. If your employer has changed your contract without your consent, we can help you claim for breach of contract or constructive dismissal if you felt the need to resign.
Our employment contract fees
We are able to offer an initial 45-minute consultation at £150.00 plus VAT (£180.00). Our fees are payable at the start of your meeting.
Our employment specialists will talk you through your options and provide focused advice with the clear goal of getting your contract matter resolved as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Common questions about employment contracts
What are the three types of employment contracts?
There are three main types of contracts of employment:
Permanent employment contracts
These contracts will apply to employees who work regular hours and are paid a salary or hourly rate. The contract will continue until it is terminated by either party and maybe for full or part-time work.
Fixed-term contracts provide a set end date but can be extended with an agreement. If the employee continues to work beyond the end date of the contract and it is not formally renewed, there is an implied agreement that the end date has changed, and the employer must still provide a notice period.
Casual employment contracts
A casual employment contract should specify the number of hours an employee is expected to work each week, with the expectation being that the hours offered above this minimum are likely to fluctuate.
Can I refuse to change my contract?
If your employer makes any changes to your contract, they must be done with your consent. If changes are made without an agreement in place, you have the right to refuse to work under the new conditions, treat the changes as a breach of contract, resign and claim constructive dismissal or take the case to an employment tribunal.
What is contained in a basic contract of employment?
A basic contract of employment will include a wide range of express and implied terms.
Express terms could include:
- How much you are paid
- Your hours of work including overtime
- Your holiday, sick and redundancy pay
- How much notice you must be given if you’re dismissed
Implied terms could include:
- The duty of trust you and your employer have
- The duty of care you and your employer have
- Your duty to obey any reasonable instructions from your employer
Is it illegal to work in the UK without a contract?
It is a legal requirement for an employer who has employed someone for at least one month to provide that individual with a contract of employment. While most employment contracts are in writing, they can also be verbal agreements.
Why choose Tayntons employment contract solicitors?
Our employment law solicitors in Gloucester have advised employees of all levels on contractual matters for a number of years. We have supported clients, not only in Gloucester, but throughout Gloucestershire, including Cheltenham and the Forest of Dean.
Our employment team is led by Associate Partner Alex Lyttle, a highly experienced solicitor with over 15 years’ experience, who has advised clients on all manner of contract related queries.
Tayntons is Lexcel accredited by the Law Society in recognition of our strong practice management and client care.
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