Employment Contracts Lawyers for Employers
Our Employment Contract Solicitors in Cheshire are experienced professionals who have been supporting businesses for years. Rowlinsons Solicitors helps you draft contracts of employment which protect your business's interest.
Having a clear, legally binding agreement between you and your employees will also keep the risk of employment tribunal claims to a minimum.
We tailor our legal advice for employment contracts to how your business functions, its values, and its goals. The contracts we draft for our clients are always compliant with the current laws and regulations to ensure your business is protected.
With the support of our Employment Contract Solicitors, you will have the piece of mind of an employment contract that works for you, and helps you achieve the goals you have set for the business. Contact Rowlinsons Solicitors today for a free, no-obligation assessment of your case, and start protecting your business and your employees with a tailored employment agreement.
What is an Employment Contract?
An employment contract is a legally binding agreement between an employer and an employee. This document is crucial for a working relationship, as it outlines the basic terms of employment.
These agreements will include both express and implied terms. Express terms are put in writing, or discussed verbally, at the time an agreement is made. Implied terms, also known as terms implied by custom and practice, are not written in the contract, but are assumed to be agreed upon - such as duty of care and mutual trust and respect.
Contracts of employment will usually include:
- Job responsibilities: a definition of the role and job title of the employee, their employment status, and the duties they are expected to perform on the job.
- Compensation: the details of how much and how often the employee is to get paid, plus any additional financial benefits.
- Working hours and conditions: a description of when and how long the employee is expected to work, including breaks and other conditions.
- Entitlements: an outline of any holiday, absence, or sick leave rights and benefits.
- Notice periods: a time limit on either or both parties on the notice required to terminate the agreement.
Our Employment Contract Solicitors may advise you to include additional clauses depending on your circumstances and the way your business operates, however these terms are included in the vast majority of employment agreements.
Why should I have an Employment Contract?
Every employee has a contract of employment as a matter of law. If you do not set out the terms of that contract in writing they may have to be determined by a Tribunal on the basis of what the employee and the employer said and intended.
This can be unpredictable and uncertain. It is always advisable, therefore, to ensure that the terms of employment are not only agreed, but that the agreements are recorded in writing.
If an employer does not provide an employee with written confirmation of certain basic terms of the employment contract and the employee later makes a successful claim against the employer, an Employment Tribunal can award a further sum to the employee for the failure to provide a statement of these basic contract terms in writing.
To ensure that all parties are aware of their rights and obligations and to ensure that disputes are avoided we would strongly recommend that written statements of the main terms of employment are given to all employees from the outset of their employment.
What can I include in an Employment Contract?
In addition to the standard elements of job duties, salary, working hours, and entitlements, employment contracts often include several other crucial clauses. At Rowlinsons Solicitors, we ensure that every contract we draft or review addresses all necessary aspects to protect both employers and employees. Here are some additional key clauses that should be considered:
These clauses are essential for safeguarding sensitive business information. They restrict employees from disclosing or using confidential data both during and after their employment.
These are vital for protecting a business’s interests post-employment and can include non-compete, non-solicitation, non-dealing, and non-poaching clauses. The enforceability of these clauses depends on their reasonableness in terms of duration, geographical scope, and nature of restrictions.
This clause outlines the steps to be followed if a dispute arises between the employer and the employee, helping to avoid lengthy and costly legal proceedings.
It specifies the legal jurisdiction that governs the employment contract, crucial for businesses operating in multiple regions.
Social Media Use
With the increasing relevance of digital presence, a clause on social media use is becoming increasingly important. This clause typically covers:
- The acceptable use of social media platforms both during and outside of work hours, especially when referencing the company or its related activities.
- Restrictions on sharing confidential company information on personal social media accounts.
- Guidelines on representing the company in a professional manner when using social media.
This clause helps in protecting the company's reputation and intellectual property and sets clear boundaries for employees' social media activities related to their employment.
A well-drafted employment contract that includes these key clauses is instrumental in establishing a clear and fair working relationship. At Rowlinsons Solicitors, we have the expertise to provide employment contract services that are comprehensive, compliant, and tailored to your unique business needs.