Most employers would rather not spend time and energy drafting employment contracts. That’s fine, as long as the Pro-forma contracts you use are clear, well-drafted, and appropriate for both the job role and your business.
What are the common problems with employment contracts?
Most business owners are aware that staff should have something in writing but it’s still surprising how many employers are using out-of-date contracts that are not in line with current legislation. The reality is that both employment and independent contractor law changes on a regular basis, and it’s vital that your contracts keep up.
Besides missing or out-of-date contracts, some of the common problems we see include:
- Template contracts that are not highly relevant to the needs of the business
- Lack of clarity on key terms
- Too wordy contracts that actually reduce the likelihood of the meaning being clear
- Inconsistency between contracts, which could give rise to unfairness or discrimination claims
- Missing protections such as confidentiality and restrictive covenants, meaning senior staff could take valuable information and contacts with them when they leave
How can Collyer Bristow help with your employment contracts?
We offer an end-to-end service for employers, from negotiating contracts to litigating them should a dispute ever end up before an Employment Tribunal or the court. Specific services include:
- Reviewing and updating your existing employment contracts
- Drafting bespoke contracts for staff and senior executives
- Drafting contracts for independent contracts, gig workers and other special relationships
- Dealing with employees who breach the terms of their employment contract
- Protections against IR35
- Defending claims for breach of contract
Our employment solicitors advise all types of employers nationwide. We can draft tight employment contracts that start your relationship off on the right foot while preventing problems from arising in the future.