Contracts of Employment from April 2020

From April 2020 all workers and employees are entitled to and must be provided with a written Statement of Particulars either on their first day of employment or prior to starting employment.  Previously the Statements had to be provided within the first 8 weeks of employment and it was only employees who had such entitlements.  The law changes as at the 1st April 2020 and employers and employees should be aware of it.

In addition to the details required under Section 1 Employment Rights Act 1996, written Statements now have to include:-

  • Specific times and dates a worker or employee is set to work each week (and whether this is varied or may be varied).
  • How long a job is expected to last, or the end date of a fixed term Contract.
  • Full details of eligibility for sick leave and pay and details of any other paid leave.
  • The duration and conditions of any probationary period.
  • Details of any further benefits and remuneration not just salary, including health, insurance, pension etc.
  • Any training entitlement which will be provided by the employer and any training which is required which the employer is not prepared to pay for.

Ideally employees should have their Contracts provided to them before they start work so employers can ensure that they have a copy which is signed and dated on or before their first day.

Any questions please contact Ian Furness of Brearleys Solicitors.