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Employment Contracts and Working Hours

Contracts of employment state agreements made between employers and employees. An employment contract forms the basis for an employment relationship.

CONTRACTS OF EMPLOYMENT: As a rule, the bond will be a legal written document.

But, it is not uncommon for contracts of employment and working hours to be a verbal understanding.

In most cases, even unwritten contracts of employment may be 'legally' valid. But, contractual working hours and employment contracts are clearer and safer when they exist in a written format.

Information in this guide includes details on the different types of workers and how their status affects their rights.

You can also find advice about the rights of employees and employers. Further guidance covers issues relating to working overtime and making changes to worker employment contracts

Employment Contracts UK Law

Anti-bribery PolicyAnti-bribery Policy

THE BRIBERY ACT 2010: Anti-bribery policies should reflect the level of risk facing your business. In the United Kingdom, it is illegal to receive or accept bribes, offer, promise, give, request, or agree to a bribe.


Bullying and Harassment at Work LawsBullying and Harassment at Work

EQUALITY ACT 2010: The guide explains common signs of workplace bullying and harassment - with examples. Find out what it is and what action workers can take according to the law.


Construction Industry Scheme Tax GuideConstruction Industry Scheme

CIS TAX GUIDE: The Construction Industry Scheme is one of the special tax deduction schemes. As a rule, tax gets deducted at source from CIS payments relating to building work.


Continuous Employment GuideContinuous Employment

WHAT IS IT? Being 'continuously employed' for a minimum period influences certain rights for employees. But, the beginning and end dates of continuous employment determine your individual rights.


Rest Breaks at Work GuideEmployee Ownership Businesses

EMPLOYEE OWNERSHIP: Most employee owned businesses tend to be highly productive and innovative. That's because all employees own a 'significant and meaningful' financial stake in the company.


Contract Types and Employer Responsibilities GuideEmployment Contract

A CONTRACT: What is it and what should be in one? Find out how the terms and agreements in an employment contract work.

CONTRACT CHANGES: Check out the reasons for making changes to employment contract terms and conditions. Both parties need to understand their rights before getting the contract changed.

CONTRACT TYPES: Employers need to understand the key differences in employment contracts. Find out how different contract types affect employer responsibilities.

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: It defines the basic rights and responsibilities people have in the workplace. Find out the work rights for the main types of employment status in the United Kingdom.

FIXED-TERM CONTRACTS: A fixed term employee contract is a contractual working relationship. The purpose of a fixed-term employment contract is to last for a specific period of time.

PREVENTING DISCRIMINATION: All employers must prevent unlawful discrimination in the workplace. Find out how preventing discrimination applies to recruitment and in employment.

WORK RELOCATION LAWS: What are your rights if your employer moves the company location? A lot depends on whether there is a 'mobility clause' written in the employment contract.


How to Request Flexible Working ArrangementsFlexible Working

STATUTORY APPLICATION: Find out how to request flexible working and the procedure to follow. Check out some reasons employers can give to reject it and how to appeal.


Holiday Entitlement GuideHoliday Entitlement

PAID HOLIDAY: The holiday entitlement section is useful for workers and all employers. Use the guide to check holiday pay rights and calculate leave entitlement.


Employment Rights of Part Time WorkersPart-time Workers' Rights

WORKING PART TIME: Employers should not treat part-time workers less 'favourably' than full timers. Check the guide explaining employment rights of part time workers in the United Kingdom.


Maximum Weekly Working Hours UKWorking Hours

NIGHT WORKERS: The guide explains employment rules on night working hours in the United Kingdom. Check out some exceptions to the night working limits and how health assessments work.

OVERTIME LAWS: Employees have no statutory right to get paid for working overtime. So, what are your rights for working extra hours and how do overtime laws work in the United Kingdom?

REST BREAKS: There are several important reasons for taking rest breaks at work. Check the rights of workers to take a break, how long you should take, and some exceptions to the rules.

SUNDAYS: Sunday working is standard procedure for most betting shops and retail staff. But, it is important to understand your rights and the rules for working on Sundays.

WTR: Working Time Regulations govern the maximum weekly working hours in the UK. Find out how to calculate weekly working hours and working time limits for young workers.


Contracts of Employment and Working Hours Overview for the United Kingdom