Changes to Statement of Terms (often referred to as an Employment Contract) from 6th April 2020.

With all that has been going on over the last few weeks, you could be forgiven for missing the fact that some new employment laws came into effect from 6th April 2020.

One of the changes introduced states that all new members of staff and workers must be issued with a written Statement of Terms by day one of starting their job (not within 2 months as was previously the case).  

In addition to current requirements, Statement of Terms must now also include a number of new clauses, with the full list now being:

  • the employer’s name and business name
  • the employer’s address
  • the employee’s name
  • the start date (the day the employee started work)
  • the date that ‘continuous employment’ started (ie the date that they started working for the same employer without a significant break)  
  • job title
  • a brief description of the duties of the job
  • the places or addresses where the employee will work
  • pay, including how often and when (for example, £1000 per month, paid on the last Friday of the calendar month)
  • working hours, working days and rest break entitlements
  • holiday and holiday pay, including an explanation of how any remaining holidays is calculated if the employee leaves

The following must also be provided, either in the Statement of Terms or separately: 

  • the amount of sick pay (company and / or statutory)
  • pension arrangements (if it’s a statutory pension scheme like a workplace pension, the pension provider can provide the information)
  • the notice period either side must give when employment ends
  • how long the job is expected to last (if its temporary or fixed term) and an end date if applicable
  • any terms and conditions that apply to other employees too (known as ‘collective agreements’)
  • disciplinary procedures 
  • grievance procedures ie the process for resolving a problem at work, including how to raise a grievance / complaint 
  • if the employee will work abroad, any terms that apply

If you expect to be taking on new staff in the future and would like advice or support in making changes to your Statement of Terms / Employment Contracts, please get in touch.

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