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Creating Employee Handbooks in line with UK employment law
Whilst it is not yet a requirement under UK employment law to frame your firm's terms of employment in an Employee Handbook, the provision of such a document to all workers can be considered best practice.
Much current law affecting employment in the UK compels businesses to inform employees of procedures and practices in place within the organisation. An Employee Handbook provides this information in a centralised format that gives employees access to a clear outline of their rights and obligations.
The UK case of Kynixa Ltd v Hynes & Ors (2008), in which the company successfully held three departed senior employees to be in breach of a restrictive covenant, was decided in part with reference to the legal standing of the Employee Handbook and the Statement of Principal Terms and Conditions issued by the company. It is, therefore, evident that these documents may be subject to legal scrutiny in a contentious case, which shows that it is wholly advisable to take professional advice to ensure that its wording is legally sound.
Employment Law Services Regarding Contracts and Employee Handbooks
JMW Solicitors regularly provide services to companies in many sectors regarding the drafting of Employee Handbooks, service agreements and contracts of employment. We are able to draft bespoke documents or advise on existing documents, and identify the legal ramifications of enacting any changes.