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Protect Your Business – Update Your Contracts and Policies

Employment Law Solicitors

Our Employment Law team are launching our Contracts and Handbook campaign throughout January 2021 to help employers introduce or update their contracts and policies. The Coronavirus Pandemic has meant that most businesses have faced challenging times and may have had to change their worker’s terms or conditions to ensure their viability. This is an opportunity to ensure that all of your contracts and policies reflect your current working practices as well as protecting your business.

This includes offering an audit service to employers to ensure that freelancers haven’t inadvertently become employees.

Our Employment Law team will also advise on whether post-termination restrictions are required to protect the business after an employee or freelancer leaves.

Free up-to-date grievance, disciplinary and capability policies will be provided when contracts are purchased.

We will be holding a free virtual seminar on ‘Everything You Need To Know About Contractual Terms and Policies’ on Thursday 21 January 2021 from 1 – 2pm. This is open to employers, HR professionals, and anyone responsible for providing and updating contracts and policies.

Fiona Martin, Head of Employment Law, says: “Many businesses fail to issue or update written contracts to their employees or contractors. This is not a problem when relationships are harmonious and an implied contract will arise based on custom and practice. But ambiguity can lead to disputes.”

Throughout January 2021, our Employment Law team will provide a free half hour telephone advice service for employers, hirers, employees and workers on workplace contractual rights and policies and procedures. This will include following the Acas Code to ensure grievances and disciplinary procedures are fair.

Fiona continues: “We often come across badly drafted contracts which are onerous for the employer. For example, contracts that include disciplinary and grievance procedures that employers must follow ‘to the letter’ to avoid breach of contract claims even where the individual has been employed for less than two years. We ensure these are set out in a separate policy.”

To support our campaign, we have produced a series of Factsheets, Case Studies, Top Tips and FAQs covering contractual obligations for employers.

For half an hour of free and confidential advice, call our Contracts and Policies legal advice line on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout January 2021 from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

Throughout January 2021, we will be offering a 10% discount to businesses and organisations who need new employment contracts, freelancer contracts or updated policies.

For expert advice on Contracts, Policies and Handbooks for your business, contact us on 01273 609911, or email info@ms-solicitors.co.uk.

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Fiona Martin

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I lead the employment teams in our solicitors’ offices in Brighton, Eastbourne, Shoreham, Gatwick & Crawley and Croydon. As founding Director, I am also responsible for the firm’s marketing. I provide expert opinion for the press, disseminate employment law round-ups through my employment law blog and campaign on important issues such as maternity and disability discrimination. I train employers and HR professionals to be best practice managers and I am also a CEDR accredited mediator.

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