Zero Hours Contracts Act 2014

Legislation News

Protection has now come into force for Zero Hour Contract Workers and provides protection against dismissal if the principal reason is that they breached a contractual clause prohibiting them from working for another employer; there is no qualifying period is required to bring such an unfair dismissal claim; and, it is also unlawful to submit a zero hour worker (note: worker not employee) to detriments if they work for another employer in breach of a clause prohibiting them from doing so.

Why Do You Need An Employee Handbook?

Why Do You Need An Employee Handbook?

When your Employee Handbook carefully spells out your employment policies misunderstandings will occur less frequently and if an employee does get confused about your expectations then resolving that confusion will be straightforward. Carefully written employment policies supported by clear guidance notes for your management team will ensure decisions are made consistently across your business.

But if your Employee Handbook is gathering dust on a shelf or in a draw in your office then your business could be at risk!

Essential Employment Policies

Essential Employment Policies

Many of the businesses that join my services have no employment policies in place and whilst some have a list of what policies they would like to introduce others are fearful of the bureaucracy that written policies would introduce to their business. To work out what policies are essential for your business we need to look at the clauses within your contract of employment!

Read my Top Tips to the essential Employment Policies that every business should have, even if you only have one employee.

Employment Contracts and Written Statements

Employment Contracts and Written Statements

There is no legal obligation on an employer to give an employee a written contract of employment unless the employee is an apprentice (an apprenticeship is a distinct and protected status in law). There is however a legal obligation to give all employees a written statement within 2 months of the employee starting employment. This legal obligation arises when the employee has been employed for one month.

Read my Top Tips to what information should be included in your contracts of employment and written statements.