Employment Contracts & Contractor Agreements
How Walker Rose Solicitors assist businesses that employ staff?
We are here to assist you with all employment document drafting needs. We provide a complete range of policies, forms, letter templates and contracts of employment to enable employers to recruit staff, manage employees, through to redundancy and dismissal.
The recruitment stage should be a carefully managed process. The appropriate documentation will help to avoid the potential claims of discrimination. Walker Rose Solicitors can advise and draft and provide guidance on the following –
- Equal Opportunity, Diversity Policy
- Recruitment Policies and Job Descriptions
- Job Application Forms
- Interview Guidance Notes and Interview Letters
- Effective Handling of Probationary Periods
- Work Experience & Internships
Employees must receive a written statement of their terms and conditions of employment within two months of starting work. Walker Rose Solicitors are specialists in Employment Law and the drafting of Employment Contracts. Employment Contacts we can assist with include:
- Full Time Contracts of Employment
- Part Time Employment Agreements
- Managers Employment Contracts
- Directors' Service Contracts
We will explore and advise on the key clauses that should be included in the employment contract to protect your business, such as the inclusion of:
Confidentiality - such a clause in an employment contract will prevent use or disclosure of confidential information both during and after employment.
Intellectual property - ensure all IP created by an employee during the course of their employment is owned by the employer.
Restricted covenants - restrict the extent to which an ex-employee can compete with your business following termination of employment. A restrictive covenant clause can be inserted into Employment contact to try to prevent them working in a specific geographical area, contacting customers/clients or poaching staff.
We can also advise you on employment laws you must comply with when you have staff, these include providing the employee with the (minimum) following:
- Written particulars of employment
- unfair dismissal rights
- redundancy pay
- notice of termination of employment
- pay statements
- equal pay rights
- maternity, paternity and adoption leave (as applicable) and pay
- parental leave and time off for family emergencies
- protection from race and sex discrimination and discrimination on the grounds of disability, age, sexual orientation and religion or belief and protection against less favorable treatment on grounds of part-time or fixed-term contract status
- protection from trade union victimisation and time off to fulfill trade union duties;
- protection of employment upon the transfer of a business (TUPE);
- health and safety protection
- not to have unlawful deductions made from wages
- statutory sick pay
- the national minimum wage
- paid annual leave entitlement
- limitation on working time under the Working Time Directive;
- right to request flexible working arrangement
- right to request to work beyond normal retirement age
How Walker Rose Solicitors assist businesses that have self-employment personnel or Contractors?
It is important for the self-employed or contractor to have a contract laid out. This contract or agreement should set out in detail the relationship between the self-employed worker and the business they are hired to work for. The contact can be issued by either the business or the contractor.
Walker Rose Solicitor can advise on key considerations and terms that should be included in the contact. We always recommend the business seeking the contractors service agreement including a “no mutual obligations” clause, meaning there is no obligation for either party to offer work, accept work or remunerate for work not undertaken.
There can also be a clause included that limits or eliminates the amount of control regarding how the self-employed undertakes the work; it will be the self-employed person’s responsibility how the work is carried out.
Walker Rose Solicitors can assist with the following agreements -
- Self-Employed Agreements
- Service Company Contractors
- Self Employed Subcontractor Agreements
- Service Agreements
- Memorandum of Understanding / Heads of terms
- Freelance Agreements
Walker Rose Solicitors provides astute legal advice and the drafting of legal agreements, polices and documents to address your immediate and on-going business needs.
We can assist, negotiate and draft agreement terms with the co-founders, investors, employees, suppliers and customers.
We can assist whether you are a new start-up or an established business. We work for you to design ‘best practice’ doctrines ensuring and securing a smooth running and efficient workplace.
Walker Rose Solicitors provide sensible commercial legal advice and draft the agreements you need in place to reduce areas of dispute or at least provide a mechanism for the parties to resolve a dispute. We can help you grow and evolve safe in the knowledge that you, your business and your brand are protected and stand on a strong legal ground to move forward.
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