Letter—advice to employer client regarding draft employment contract
Letter—advice to employer client regarding draft employment contract

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  • Letter—advice to employer client regarding draft employment contract

[Enter name and address of employer]

Dear [enter name]

Draft contract of employment

I enclose a draft contract of employment for your review.[ You will see that there are some areas in square brackets where I will need your instructions and I have included some optional clauses for you to consider.] Please contact me when you have had a chance to read through the draft so that I can make any further necessary changes.

This type of contract is suitable for a junior employee working a standard working pattern. For more senior employees, further provisions would be required, such as more extensive confidentiality obligations and/or restrictive covenants which limit competitive behaviour after the termination of employment. Employees with atypical working hours or flexible working arrangements would also require a different contract in some respects.

I set out below some particular issues on some of the clauses in the draft.

Please note that issuing this contract to employees will comply with your obligations to issue a written statement of their particulars of employment under the Employment Rights Act 1996 (ERA 1996).

[I have drafted the contract to be consistent with the offer letter you have sent the employee but this document is obviously more comprehensive than the offer letter.]

As the contract contains an ‘entire agreement’ clause (Clause 20), you