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Employment contract: standard for any employee

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A complete contract that balances strong protection for the employer organisation and a fair, transparent, deal for the employee.

The employee may be:

  • in any position below director level
  • full time, part time or temporary

The contract is suitable for any type of organisation.

The document provides an option for a trial period (sometimes called a probation period). In law, having a probation period does not change the rights of either the employee or the employer during or after the trial - the benefits of inclusion are motivation during the first months and fostering of goodwill if the hiring doesn't work as expected.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Casual employment contract (zero hours contract)

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This is a comprehensive contract for casual workers.

It is suitable for:

  • any type of organisation within the UK: companies, charities, trusts, partnerships, governmental organisations and others
  • employees performing any type of work: duties and training requirements can be added easily

A zero hours contract places no obligation on the employer to provide work. Pay, holiday entitlements and benefits are proportionate to hours worked.

The document contains absolutely up-to-date law and follows current best practice recommendations by ACAS and other related bodies.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Apprenticeship agreement

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Nearly all apprentices have to be hired under an employment contract that follows the prescribed format set out by the Apprenticeships (Form of Apprenticeship Agreement) Regulations 2012 and the Apprenticeship, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009.

This contract follows that format and includes the required information to qualify as an apprenticeship agreement. It provides for fair and full protection of the employer and compliance with other employment law.

It can be used by employers in organisations of any size, and for employing apprentices of any age from 16 upwards.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales

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Employment contract: hospitality and leisure industry

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This contract is a variation of our standard contract, tailored specifically for staff working in pubs, bars and restaurants, at events, receptions or parties, or otherwise in the hospitality and leisure industry.

It is suitable for any level of staff below the top level of management. Emphasised is the importance of quality customer service.

The contract provides for:

  • producing and serving food and drinks (including alcoholic drinks), with a focus on hygiene and health and safety
  • the employee to travel to different locations to work, including changing venues, if necessary
  • flexible working and restraint of competitive trading
  • working unsociable hours and opt out of the Working Time Regulations
     

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Employment contract: construction industry

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A contract tailored to workers in the construction industry: builders, brick layers, joiners, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, scaffolders or any other trade.

There is emphasis on having achieved levels of qualification necessary for the position.

The document is suitable for:

  • qualified staff and part-qualified staff
  • full time or part-time employees

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Job application form

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An all purpose job application form for use either by an employer or a job seeker.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Children's nanny contract: live in as employee

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This is a contract for parents to use to employ a full-time, live-in nanny.

It covers the parents’ obligations as employers with appropriate provisions added for a nanny, such as:

  • references and qualifications
  • trial period
  • hours and availability
  • expenses
  • parental absence arrangements
  • emergency procedures
  • liaison arrangements
  • use of car
  • arrangements for work outside the UK
  • confidentiality of all parties

Our use of plain English makes editing the contract easy, and clarifies your expectations of the level of service you expect.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Employment contract: with service occupancy provisions

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This is our standard contract that additionally includes provision for service occupancy - that is where the employee is required to live on business premises in order to perform the job.

The type of property occupied is not important – it could be a single room with facilities shared with other employees, an annexed flat, or a separate building.

Example roles would be: caretaker, school housemaster, hotel staff, care industry staff, nanny or other household staff.

The document is suitable:

  • for any type of organisation
  • for full time, part time or temporary staff

Note: you should also use a residential licence to occupy in addition to this agreement.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Employment contract: management level employee

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This is our standard contract, tailored for senior level staff who are not company directors. It is:

  • suitable for use in any organisation: company, partnership, unincorporated business, charity
  • very strong on protection of the employer's confidential information and the prevention of the employee from starting a competing business

It includes paragraphs for benefits likely to be given at a senior level including use of a company car and health insurance.

Unlike our standard contract, it excludes:

  • a paragraph relating to collective agreements: since senior staff are unlikely to be members of labour unions
  • a trial period (also known as a probation period)

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Employment pack

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Pack of contracts at all levels, suitable for all employees whatever your line of work. The pack includes a number of policies such as the company cars policies, discipline and grievance policies, letters for all types of business as well as notes, information and guidance.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Working Time Regulations opt-out letter

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Simple, effective letter to be provided to the employee to prove acceptance of them opting out of the Working Time Regulations requirements.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Fixed term employment contract

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This is a comprehensive document for any organisation that employs staff on fixed term contracts.

It provides a superb framework for fair, full and easily understood protection of the employer and compliance with organisational and legal requirements.

A fixed term contract "does what it says", expiring after the term ends. However, the employer must still comply with the law, including that relating to dismissal. The difference is only that the expiry of a fixed term contract is a "reasonable reason" to dismiss someone who might otherwise claim that the dismissal was unfair.

If the term is for two years or longer, the employer must also follow the law relating to redundancy.whether for projects, seasonal increases in work or to cover full-time employees on leave.

Use this document for:

  • short-term cover for another employee who is temporarily unavailable, for example, on maternity leave, a sabbatical, secondment or long term sickness
  • cover for seasonal demand, for example in retail and agriculture
  • workers for a specific project, for example in the film, construction and event management industries

The size or business of the employer organisation is not important, nor is the position of the employee. Specifics for different jobs, such as duties, can be added easily, either within the existing text, or by reference to a job description.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Employee commission agreement

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This is a straightforward agreement to arrange for an employee to work in the same way as a commission agent.

Use as a stand-alone, supplementary contract or add the text to an existing contract.

It is suitable for:

  • any level of employee
  • for a long or short, continuous or specific term

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Statement of particulars of employment

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Official statement of particulars containing key provisions regarding the agreement to be provided to an employee when they start working as an employee.

Suitable for use in: England & Wales and Scotland

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Comprehensive, up-to-date contracts suitable for all staff

Net Lawman employment contracts are fuller versions than others you may find on the Internet.

We include not only the terms required to comply with the law, but also provisions that many contracts do not contain. These aim to protect your business from, for example: purposeful or accidental intellectual property theft; or being called to tribunals by disgruntled employees.

Our contracts are completely up-to-date with the law as necessary and we follow best practice recommendations by ACAS and other bodies.

We use plain English and modern language throughout the documents. Doing so makes clear your expectations for your employee without reducing the legal effect of the document, and has the additional advantage of making editing easy. Details such as duties and training provisions can be added if required, either within the existing text, or by reference to a job description.

Our contracts can be used by any type of organisation (including companies, charities, trusts, partnerships, and governmental organisations) of any size and in any industry.

They are suitable for:

  • for any new employee
  • to replace your existing contracts which may be out of date
  • for any level of employee (we provide fuller contracts for senior staff)
  • whether the employee is permanently employed (full or part-time) or temporary

Other points

Offering a contract of employment

A contract, written or verbal is made as soon as the employee accepts a job offer. So as to minimise future misunderstandings, we recommend providing a written employment contract with the offer letter, so that the employee can return an acceptance letter with a signed copy of the contract.

By law, all employees must be given a “written statement of employment particulars” within two months of starting work. This is a document that sets out the terms of employment that the employer must disclose, known as a “principal statement”. Our contracts include all the necessary information to act as a principal statement so that you don’t need to provide this information separately in a letter or another document.

Other policies and procedures not within the principal statement (such as data protection) could be included in the contract. However, especially when you have many employees, changing each employee’s contract (and ensuring consistency between employees) every time a new law changes can be time consuming and difficult. It is usual, therefore, to place all procedures and policies common to all staff in an employee handbook and refer to the handbook in the employment contract. This is the approach Net Lawman recommends.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship agreements have in the past been difficult for employers to end. An apprentice taken on under a traditional “contract of apprenticeship” has rights under the Employment Rights Act 1996 not to be unfairly dismissed (as do all employees). In addition, however, the terms of the contract are likely to state that the apprenticeship is to last several years and that the employer is obliged to provide training. Such terms make ending a contract of apprenticeship difficult. Not only could the employer face claims of unfair dismissal, but he could also face claims for wages to be paid for the remainder of the term and for compensation for loss of training and for loss of status.

In order to encourage businesses to take on apprentices, Parliament passed The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009, which included the power to prescribe a model apprenticeship agreement as a contract of service rather than a contract of apprenticeship. The difference is important, because a contract of service can be terminated on notice just like any other employment contract, without the apprentice being able to claim for compensation for loss of training, for loss of status or for unpaid wages for the rest of the training period.

The actual model - the information that must be included in order to qualify as an apprenticeship agreement - is set out in The Apprenticeships (Form of Apprenticeship Agreement) Regulations 2012 and came into force on 6 April 2012.

Of course, many employers prefer to avoid the bureaucracy of the formal scheme and simply train their own young employees in the way that best suits them.

If you employ apprentices under the formal scheme, use our specific apprenticeship agreement. If you simply train your staff on the job, use our standard employment contract.

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