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Employment Law Advice

Employment Contracts

Your contract of employment is one of the most important documents you will ever sign. A properly-drafted contract will protect your rights at work and clearly set out the obligations for both you and your employer.

It is important that when you start a new job you fully understand what you are being asked to sign. Your contract should include information about pay, holidays, sick pay, bonuses, commissions, pensions, share options, disciplinary and grievance procedures, what happens if you leave and any restrictive covenants, or non-compete clauses.

When you start a new job you do not accrue the right not to be unfairly dismissed until you have worked for two years. As such, it is even more important in those early years that you are protected, so far as possible, by your contract.

Restrictive covenants often exist to prevent you from competing against your employer should you leave their business. Breaking a valid restrictive covenant can have serious consequences, so always ensure you know what you are signing and what effect they will have after the termination of your employment.

If you or your employer wants to change something in your contract, you both have to agree. There are some exceptions if, for example, your contract includes a flexibility clause allowing changes to certain conditions, or a mobility clause allowing changes to your usual place of work.

How we can help

If you need advice on any aspect of an employment contract, contact Else Solicitors for a thorough, cost-effective and personal service.

We are happy to review your existing contract and we can also advise you of your rights if you do have a restrictive covenant, or non-compete clause, in place. To be enforceable these covenants and clauses must be properly-drafted and reasonable; many are not.

If you face a specific problem or dispute, our advice will be prompt and practical, outlining your options in simple terms.

For more detailed legal advice in relation to your employment contract, please contact Stephen Stewart on 01283 526200 or email

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