Employment Contracts and Handbooks

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Can I change the terms of an Employment Contract?

An employment contract may only be changed in the following ways:

  • In accordance with a flexibility clause contained in the contract itself
  • By express or implied agreement
  • By terminating the original contract and replacing it with another (in certain circumstances)

You can find more information about varying the terms of an employment contract here.

What is an Employee Handbook and what are the benefits?

An employee handbook sets out policies and procedures that staff are expected to follow, and can supplement employment contracts.

Having an employee handbook is not a legal requirement, however having one in place can help to set standards of behaviour, employee entitlements, and reduce the risk of disputes.

Generally, the employee handbook will be contained in a document quite separate to the contract to seek to avoid creating additional contractual obligations.

What should an Employee Handbook include?

Employee handbooks can cover a wide variety of issues, including:

  • Anti-bribery and money laundering policy
  • Anti-harassment and bullying policy
  • Dress code
  • Expenses procedure
  • Equal opportunities policy
  • Mental health policy
  • Social media
  • Data Protection rules

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