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  • Employment - Contract drafting checklist
    Contract drafting checklist This checklist may be used as a guide when drafting a contract of employment for a particular employee, adapting a general model agreement, or to assist with gathering information in order to instruct an external advisor to draft a contract.  See also our written statement of employment particulars for the compulsory elements required to comply with the obligation to provide written particulars, i.e. a basic statement of the main terms and conditions of employment.Importance of...
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  • Employment - Letter seeking agreement to vary employment contract terms
    Letter seeking agreement to vary employment contract terms The best way to achieve a change to one or more terms of an employee's contract of employment is by mutual agreement. Let the employee know in writing that you are proposing to make a change and seek their written consent to it.Binding contractThe contract of employment is binding on both parties. This means that it's generally unlawful for you to unilaterally change an existing employee's contract without their agreement - unless the change is permitted...
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  • Employment - Variation of terms of contract of employment letter - in exercise of a contractual power
    Variation of terms of contract of employment letter (in exercise of a contractual power)If you're making a change to an employee's contract of employment which is within the terms of that contract, generally you won't need their consent. However, don't expect to be able to rely on a blanket amendment power. Contractual powerIf well-drafted, the employee's contract of employment may include provisions allowing you to make certain changes to their terms and conditions of employment without consent, for example,...
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  • Employment - Notice of return to normal working
    Notice of return to normal workingWhere your employees have been laid off or on short time working, if your situation improves enough for you to be able to take them back on their normal working hours, you can use our letter to inform them of this. You're essentially requiring them to return to their normal hours of work with effect from a set date.Contractual right or consentYou can only implement a lay-off or short time working where either you have the contractual right to do so, or you seek and obtain your...
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  • Employment - Letter confirming agreement to vary terms of contract of employment
    Letter confirming agreement to vary terms of contract of employmentWhere an employee has agreed to a variation to one or more of the terms of their contract of employment, you need to ensure this is properly recorded in writing. In any event, if the change is to one of the clauses required by the employee's written statement of employment particulars, the employee must receive written notification within one month of the change.Written consentIf the employee is willing to accept the change, it can then be incorporated...
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  • Employment - Letter confirming a reduction in hours request
    Letter confirming a reduction in hours requestUse our letter to issue to an employee once it's been agreed they can reduce their hours from full-time to part-time work. It sets out the relevant changes to their contractual terms consequent on such a request.Statutory provisionSection 4 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 states that where changes are made to any of the terms and conditions of employment required to be covered in the employee's written statement of employment particulars (hours of work, salary,...
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