Under previous legislation, employers were required to interpret a written statement on the employment of workers within two months of their start date if their contract expires for one month or more. In its current form, the legislation requires employers to be required to make a “written statement” to workers within two months of joining if their contract is to last a month or more. This statement was defined in Section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996. The Employment Rights Act 1996 (as amended) distinguishes between information that must be provided in a single document and information that may appear in a supplementary statement (to which the “main statement” refers). The letter offered to you by the position or your employment contract could be your main statement or a full written statement. Your employer is not required to provide you with a separate written statement if everything is contained in one of these two documents. You should issue each employee or worker a copy of their own employment contract and ask them to sign a copy and return them to you. You should familiarize yourself with all the clauses and ensure that you are not acting in an “offence,” that is, by acting in a manner contrary to what you wrote in the treaty. You should also ensure that all your employees understand their contractual obligations. In Scotland, the treaty should also be certified by another person. A full contract is often a safer option than written data because it provides more detail on the employer`s terms of employment and expectations of the worker.
For example, an employment contract may include clauses to protect a company`s intellectual property and post-rescission restrictions to prevent former employees from poaching customers. Keep in mind that minor changes to the contract, which are due to legislative changes or wage increases, etc., should not be a problem, but employers cannot unilaterally change the terms of employment without agreement. This could lead to a fundamental offence that would allow the worker to resign and assert that he was indeed dismissed because of your violation of his contractual rights. This is called “constructive dismissal.”