According to ACAS, a contract 'starts' as soon as an offer of employment is accepted. Starting work proves that the employee accepts the terms and conditions offered by the employer.
Although a contract does not have to be written, currently every employee has a statutory right to receive a written statement of the main terms and conditions of employment within two calendar months of starting work. However, from April 2020 this will change and both employees and workers will legally be entitled to receive a written statement / contract on the first day of their employment with their new employer
This written contract defines the working relationship between the employer and the employee or worker and should detail the following information as a minimum:
In addition, the employee should also be informed of sickness procedures and pay, their pension entitlement / scheme, the organisation's disciplinary, grievance and appeals procedures. This information may be included in the written contract or may be available from other sources that are accessible to the employee, such as an e-file on the organisation's intranet, in the employee handbook, on noticeboards or in a policy folder in the main office / work space
If you are taking on your first employee and need a contract or already have a contract but need it reviewing, we can prepare written terms and conditions to support the different types of working relationships within your business, whether that be for employees, workers, apprenticeships and interns or independent contractors
Policies on the other hand, clarify what is expected from the employer and employee in certain situations and the steps or process that both parties should follow when these situations occur. We can deliver bespoke training to your directors, managers and / or staff on the process described in a specific policy and the best way to implement it within your business
Both contracts and policies should be reviewed regularly to ensure that they reflect legislative amendments and current guidelines. If you require a document review for your business, please get in touch