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Employment contracts, policies and procedures

Legal services to help you establish a sold framework for your organisation and employees.

As an employer, setting out your stall clearly from the start is essential to manage potential issues with employees further down the line. Sound employment contracts, HR policies and procedures are intrinsic to workforce management – without these in place, it becomes more difficult to deal with issues of misconduct and poor performance when they arise.

Weightmans' specialist employment experts can take the hard work out of policy reviews, helping you to establish new policies and procedures and update and maintain those already in place, so that you and your managers are fully aware of your obligations and handle interactions on issues in the correct way.

We understand that making changes to policies can be difficult, particularly when there is uncertainty about what a contract actually covers. Over the years, larger and complex organisations may have made a number of changes to policies and procedures, resulting in confusion.

With our know how in creating robust policies and procedures and a wealth of experience representing clients through the employment tribunals and courts system, right up to the European Court of Justice, you can take advantage of our breadth of knowledge and practical insights to guide you through the process, focussing always upon the goal of practical solutions for your business.

The latest holiday pay decision expands the concept of “normal remuneration” again

The EAT handed down another decision in the long-running and well-publicised series of cases defining what elements should be included in holiday…

Jawaid Rehman Partner
Holiday sickness: Can an employee claim back holiday if they are unwell on leave?

How should you respond if a member of staff claims they have been unwell while on holiday and requests an annual leave ‘refund’?

The gig-economy: are there legal risks in your employment agreements?

The rise of the gig economy has led to intense media and political focus on the rights of flexible workers.

Michael Ryley Partner

Test for public interest in whistleblowing is complex - but not met simply by another employee being affected

In 2013 the law governing whistleblowing protection was changed to require a worker’s disclosure to be made in the public interest.

Phil Allen Partner

The Taylor Review – big changes on the way for employment-related law

The Taylor Review has looked at working practices in the UK and recommended many changes to the way in which employment and worker rights should be…

Phil Allen Partner

Social media misconduct: can we dismiss an employee for damaging our reputation?

We're often asked to advise on disciplining employees who have made inappropriate comments on social media and such cases are never far from the…

Louise Singh Professional Support Lawyer

Insisting on a multiple choice test found to be disability discrimination

The Employment Appeal Tribunal found that an organisation failed to make reasonable adjustments for a graduate job applicant with Asperger’s…

'Sleep-ins' the National Minimum Wage: guidance from the EAT

If your organisation relies on staff to be on call overnight, either to meet regulatory obligations or simply to ensure continuity of service…

Nick Newman Associate