Updating contracts of employment
Employers who do wish to alter the terms of an existing employment contract have three main options: Acas - Contracts of employment GOV. UK - Contract types and employer responsibilities GOV. UK – Interactive template for a written statement of employment particulars ACAS.
(2014) Jonny is the CIPD’s Senior Adviser for Organisational Behaviour.
Although employment contracts are governed by contract law, there are many statutory rules which affect employment contracts too.
Certain workers who are not employees may have some protection by legislation such as the Working Time Regulations 1998 and the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 which give rights to all workers who perform work personally, even though these people might not qualify for other protection given to employees.
However, it may still be advisable and good practice to provide such employees with a written statement to avoid dispute.
Varying contractual terms normally requires the employee’s agreement.
Employers should familiarise themselves on the relevant points of law, such as employee status, the rules governing written particulars, equal pay and the minimum wage, fixed-term and part-time work, flexible working, parental leave and working hours.
A contract of employment is a legally-binding agreement between an employer and employee.Some information must be included in one document while other information can be delivered in instalments.