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Contrary to common popular belief, an employer doesn’t have to provide an employee with a contract of employment.

However, they must provide an employee with a statement of their main terms and conditions within 2 months of the employment commencing (or within 1 month of any change).

Most employers do decide to issue contracts of employment as they can cover much more than the basic requirements of the mandatory statement of terms, for example, restrictive covenants.

When starting a new job or changing roles, it’s essential to make sure you understand what the contract says – and to make sure that there aren’t any surprises.

When issues arise, we can help you interpret the policies and procedures your employer has in place and can advise you on how your employer should be dealing with those issues. This arises most often in relation to cases where an employee is sick, or there is a disciplinary or grievance  issue or the employer is undertaking performance management. We have advised and supported employees in all sectors as to the policies and procedures their employer has put in place and the way in which they are implemented.

Redundancy advice: what you need to know

Redundancy advice: what you need to know

At Banner Jones Solicitors, we're here to help. Our specialist team of Employment Law Solicitors answer the most commonly asked questions about redundancy.

Employment Law - Katie Ash on Settlement Agreements

Employment Law - Katie Ash on Settlement Agreements

Katie Ash explains and answers some questions about settlement agreements.

My employer has furloughed me, but wants me to undertake some work for them. Is that okay?

My employer has furloughed me, but wants me to undertake some work for them. Is that okay?

Head of Employment Law, Katie Ash answers this frequently asked question "Unless you are volunteering for your employer under Public Health England guidance, then the guidance to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) confirms that no work must be undertaken by employees during a period of furlough.

Employees negligence can amount to gross misconduct

Employees negligence can amount to gross misconduct

The Court of Appeal recently ruled that a senior manager’s negligence in failing to ensure that a colleague followed company policy could amount to gross misconduct justifying the manager’s summary dismissal.

Do employers care about their employees financial well-being?

Do employers care about their employees financial well-being?

A recent study has found that only one in three employees believes their employer cares about their financial wellness.

Which benefits do employees value the most?

Which benefits do employees value the most?

We’re living in a world where employee benefits are perhaps more varied than ever before.

Unfair Dismissal Guide

Unfair Dismissal Guide

We have developed an Unfair Dismissal Guide for Employees to provide you with essential information on employment rights, capability, conduct, gross misconduct, redundancy, illegality and automatic unfair dismissals.

Online Privacy in the Office

Online Privacy in the Office

Companies are within their rights to monitor the private online activities of their employees when they are in the office.

Need to Sort out Your Finances?

Need to Sort out Your Finances?

Around 50% of us make a New Year’s Resolution to 'sort out the finances’ but for most of us it's more of a wish than a firm commitment to take action. Looking at the January appointments we’ve had with wealth management clients here are the topics that we’ve discussed most often. If you’re determined to sort out your finances, these may give you some food for thought.

Bank Liable for damage to credit rating

Bank Liable for damage to credit rating

The courts recently found that a bank had failed in its duty to investigate an assertion by a debtor that a restricted-use credit agreement had been rescinded before reporting to credit reference agencies that the debtor was in default.

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