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A traditional contract of apprenticeship is a contract under which the apprentice is bound to the employer in order to learn a trade, and the employer agrees to teach and...

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This Practice Note examines the legal issues that arise when engaging an apprentice in Scotland. Introduction to apprenticeships in Scotland The contract of...

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Bonuses can be a very effective tool to motivate and retain employees while allowing businesses to control wage costs. In certain sectors and industries (eg the financial...

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What is a career break or sabbatical? The terms 'career break' and 'sabbatical' have no particular legal meaning, and the label given to the break is not determinative of...

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It is highly likely that an employer will, at some time during the employment relationship, wish to change the terms and conditions on which any particular employee or...

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UPDATE: On 21 July 2019, following its consultation on ‘Confidentiality clauses: measures to prevent misuse in situations of workplace harassment or discrimination’, the...

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UPDATE: In its ‘Good Work Plan’ published in December 2018 the government has indicated that it will legislate to extend the gap before continuity of employment is broken...

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UPDATE: The government published a consultation on employment status on 7 February 2018 seeking views on how to make the employment status rules for employment rights and...

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Under English law legally binding agreements can be made orally, in writing or by deed. This Practice Notice considers the circumstances in which a deed is necessary or...

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Employees' duties do not have to be set out in their contracts of employment. The contract only needs to include a description of the job or a brief description of the...

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An electronic signature is the electronic equivalent of a handwritten signature and links a person to the contents of an electronic document. This Practice Note...

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This Practice Note summarises the law, guidance and practice relating to the execution of simple contracts and deeds. It considers the key differences between deeds and...

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This Practice Note provides practical guidance on the execution of documents by companies after 6 April 2008 (being the date on which the relevant provisions of the...

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This Practice Note provides guidance on the proper execution of simple contracts and deeds for individuals. It covers issues of legal capacity, the form required for...

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In broad terms, putting an employee on 'garden leave' means the employer sending the employee home on full pay during the employee's notice period. It can be done when an...

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Workers and employers are free to agree any hours of work they choose up to the maximum working hours set out in the Working Time Regulations 1998, SI 1998/1833 (WTR...

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For a post-termination restriction to be enforceable by the employer, it first has to be a contractual term; that is, incorporated into a contract between the employer...

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FORTHCOMING CHANGE: From April 2020, employer National Insurance contributions (NICs) will be payable on termination payments above £30,000. This change will be...

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FORTHCOMING CHANGE: From April 2020, employer National Insurance contributions (NICs) will be payable on termination payments above £30,000. This change will be...

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This Practice Note examines the issues that arise in relation to the use of liquidated damages clauses as an alternative to claiming damages for breach of contract. It...

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What is a Micklefield clause? It is common for employee share plans to provide that, on termination of employment (or when an employee is given or receives notice of...

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What is a military reservist? There are two main types of reservist: • volunteer reservists: civilians recruited into any of the four volunteer reserve forces (VRF)—the...

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The essence of employment is pay in return for work. There is a duty to pay wages whenever an employee is ready, willing and able to work. Generally, it does not matter...

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The right to notice means a right for the employee to remain in employment for the period of notice, not simply to be paid for it. An employer will therefore often...

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The statement of particulars of employment issued to an employee to comply with s 1 of ERA 1996 (which usually forms part of a contract of employment) must include a...

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This Practice Note examines the various types of post-termination restrictions (restrictive covenants) that are typically found in contracts of employment. The need for...

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This Practice Note considers the legal principles that apply in relation to statements made by the parties when an employment contract, executive service agreement or...

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An employee will be under certain implied duties during employment. These will vary depending on the seniority of the employee and whether he is subject to a duty of...

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An employee who lives in premises owned by their employer in order to perform their duties as an employee and who has exclusive possession of those premises occupies...

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This Practice Note provides a brief overview of various contractual provisions dealing with termination of employment and signposts more detailed materials available....

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