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Employment contracts

Dealing with employment or labour contracts is a specialist area of employment law and often a complicated one. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources providing guidance, news and background information.

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  • Legal Alert
  • eBooks
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  • Useful links
  • Articles and books in the Library collection

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Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

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eBooks

The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Writing employment contracts

This chapter looks at contracts of employment and what constitutes an 'employee' as apposed to a 'worker'. Types of contracts and specific contractual clauses are dealt with.

Handling organizational change

This chapter looks at organizational change and includes sections on: Changes in responsibilities; Changes to processes and procedures; Obtaining commitment to change; Relocation; and business transfers (Transfer of Undertakings [Protection of employment] Regulations or TUPE).

Employment

This chapter on employment covers the difference between employees and contractors, terms of an employment contract, termination of employment , wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal and redundancy.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

Defining workplace flexibility

The article discusses the notion of flexible employment status in relation to employment law and taxation in Great Britain. Topics include the nature of employment contracts in relation to self-employment, legal cases dealing with employment law and the gig economy, and the need for business documentation on employment status. ** to obtain the full text of this article please contact the library**

Are you sure your employment arrangements with your flexible staff comply with the law?

The article examines whether employment arrangements with flexible staff within hospitality business in Great Britain such as hotel industry comply with the law. It mentions need for auditing employment contracts to ensure staff are correctly classified and introducing a new employment contracts where required. It also mentions workers on zero-hours contracts have the right to request guaranteed hours from their employers.

Zero hours contracts clarifying employment status

Elizabeth Stevens explains why it is important to decide whether or not zero hours contracts are appropriate for your organisation - and the legal rights of individuals engaged under these contracts.

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Useful links

Employment contracts (GOV.UK)
Information for employees on terms, collective agreements and written statements of employment particulars.

Zero-hours contracts: guidance for employers (GOV.UK) 
Best-practice guidance and legal obligations for employers.

Contracts of employment (Acas)
Information from Acas on contracts and written statements of particulars of employment. An example of a written statement is available to download.

Flexible working and work-life balance (Acas)
An employers' guide to flexitime, part-time work, overtime, job sharing, compressed hours, shift work, annualised hours, term-time working, temporary working/fixed-term contracts, sub-contracting, zero hours contracts, homeworking, mobile working and hot-desking.

The new employee's contract: A step-by-step guide (Acas)
Information for small firms and line and team managers in larger organisations.

Transfer of undertakings (TUPE) (Acas)
The TUPE Regulations protect employees’ rights when the organisation they work for transfers to a new employer. The guide includes a case study.

Varying a contract of employment (Acas)
Covers common questions from employers and employees.

Written statements (Acas)
Key points employers must cover when producing a written statement of employment.

Zero hours contracts (Acas)
Guidance on the nature, uses and implications of zero hours contracts for the employer and worker.

Employment Appeal Tribunal
The official body that hears appeals from employment tribunals.

Reorganising your business
Practice note from the Law Society on the implications of a reorganisation for employment contracts.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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