Newsletter: Employment Act changes

We’ve got a big update on employment contracts this month. It’s a must-read for any business hiring staff in the UK.

In other news, you’ll be seeing some big changes to our website over the coming weeks. We’ve already given our homepage a new look, including adding a feed of our latest social media posts. There’s also a new meet the team page, so you can get to know the great people behind Seven Legal. Be sure to check back as we add more pages and content.

Two-minute masterclass: employment contracts

Need to know: Changes to section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 2010, which require employers to provide new information to employees and workers under their contracts, have been in place for over a year. If you are hiring, it is a good time to make sure that your employment contracts are compliant and up to date.

What’s changed? Although some of the changes are straightforward, some have caused difficulties. For example, employers must now provide details of any training entitlement that they provide, which can be cumbersome if there will be different training requirements for different roles, or where the employer envisages their requirements changing over time.

Other changes include a requirement for employers to set out details of all of the benefits they provide. It is likely to be impractical to set out all the details of all the benefits (many of which are subject to terms and conditions), so employers may wish to take a practical approach here and include general wording around the types of benefits available instead.

Employers are now also required to set out all types of paid leave (including the new parental bereavement leave), details of normal working days and hours, and whether such hours or days may be varied, along with details of any probationary period.

These terms must now be provided to both workers and employees on (or before) the first day they start work.

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Get help with employment contracts

If our two-minute masterclass has prompted you to think about your employment contracts, we can help.

It’s important to get these contracts right to comply with the new changes to the Employment Rights Act.

We can audit your employment contracts and key documents like consultancy agreements, staff handbooks and privacy notices. If you have any questions or would like to discuss further, please get in touch – we’d be happy to help.

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