Our employment lawyers make sure all your employee contracts, policies and documents are up to date and legally compliant with expert drafting, support and employment law advice.
Employment Contract lawyers
We ensure that your employee contracts include key protections for you as employer, as well as the basic terms and conditions. If you already have employment contracts but your business is expanding quickly it is worth reviewing your employee contracts, employee handbooks, and other documentation such as rules for bonus entitlements. This is because employment law is always changing and you may need a range of different contracts for differing levels of seniority.
By law, you must give every new employee a written statement of their terms within two months of them joining. We can help you draft clear, legally sound contracts including director service contracts.
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Key terms for employment contracts
In addition to the obvious terms and conditions detailing job description, salary, holidays and place of work, it is generally important to consider and include clauses relating to :-
- Trade secrets and confidential information - a key protection for employers, specifically ensuring that employees are strictly bound.
- Employer ownership of IP –for many aspects of employee work, it is not necessarily the case that legal rights to IP are owned by the employer, so specific contractual provisions are strongly recommended.
- Employee restrictive covenants – especially important for senior employees or those in a sales role or with access to key information such as customer databases. Restrictive covenants are intended to protect the employer after the employee leaves, and to prevent direct competition or poaching of staff. Clauses must be proportionate..
- Remote working – in it's various forms, either where employees are mobile or work from home, this area has become increasingly important. Clear rules and policies, including permitted employer monitoring, use of personal devices, and data protection, are essential. Consistency between employees is also very important because otherwise employers risk discrimination claims.
- Pay in lieu of notice and gardening leave– Including a PILON gives the employer the option to pay up the employee's contract and keep them away from work, the idea being, in addition to restrictive covenants., that the employee is kept away from key customers and staff in the notice period. Including a garden leave clause gives employers the legal right to exclude the employee from the workplace and make them stay at home during their notice period..
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Dealing with employee exits
Using our expertise, we manage employee exits. Our Solicitors have experience in :-
- Drafting and negotiating settlement agreements
- Ensuring you deal with employee exits in accordance with your employment contracts and that employees do not breach their employment contract when leaving.