Upcoming changes to employment contracts

Posted on: March 2nd, 2020

If you have employees or workers don’t forget the upcoming changes to the right to receive a written statement of particulars of employment (i.e. the employment contract), which will apply from 6 April 2020.

From this date, the following significant changes will apply:

  • The right to receive a written statement of terms will be extended to workers (for example, those on casual or some types of zero hours contract) as well as employees;
  • The written statement of terms must be given to employees and workers on (or before) the first day of employment;
  • The exclusion for employees in short-term employment for less than one month no longer applies – all workers have the right to receive written terms, irrespective of their length of employment; and
  • Additional prescribed information must now be included within the written statement. By way of example, this includes: details of all benefits the employee will receive (both contractual and non-contractual); any terms and conditions relating to paid leave (other than holiday or sick leave); and information on any training entitlement provided by the employer, including mandatory information about all compulsory training.  

These changes coincide with the new right to parental bereavement leave, which also comes into force in April 2020. As this is a paid leave entitlement, this will need to be referred to in your contracts, in accordance with the above requirements. 

If you have not already done so, now is a good time to think about the updates that will need to be made to both your recruitment practices and your contracts of employment, prior to any new employees or workers joining the business from April.

Our employment team would be happy to assist you with this process, by undertaking a review of your current template documents and advising you on the changes that need to be made. 

Please do get in touch if we can help!

If you would like further advice on these upcoming changes please get in touch with Leon or our employment team directly or fill out the enquiry form below.

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