If you’ve been offered a job, it’s worth checking the proposed contract is in your best interests today as well as understanding its implications for the future, if for example if you were to leave your employer. Speak to our specialist team of employment lawyers who can review and provide swift, straightforward advice on your contract.
If you are about to start a new job, it’s often worth asking an employment law specialist to review the contract before you sign on the dotted line. That’s because some employers and their contract lawyers use a variety of tactics to ensure that contracts are weighted in favour of the employer, rather than the employee.
We have the experience and the expertise to look at any proposed employment contract and advise you on whether it’s in your best interests to sign it or to ask for changes to be made.
This involves checking that your employment contract complies with all legal requirements, and a detailed analysis of specific terms relating to your benefits package, including termination provisions. We’ll also review any restrictive covenants to make sure they aren’t too restrictive. Sometimes ‘non-compete’ covenants may be included in your contract to stop you from working with a competitor or setting yourself up in competition with your employer after you’ve left their company.
Importantly, we have the ability to react quickly to contract review requests; providing speedy and concise advice about specific clauses in your contract and helping you to negotiate better terms where necessary.
To speak to one of our experienced employment solicitors about a contract review, contact us.
Employment contract disputes arise for a number of reasons, with the most common being that your employer wishes to change the terms of your contract. If your employer wishes to change the terms of your contract, they have to consult with you or your representative, explain the reasoning behind the proposed changes, seek your consent and listen to any alternative solutions you put forward.
Where your employer fails to get your agreement and changes your contract without your consent, you may have the right to refuse to work under the new terms. Alternatively, where the new terms are impossible for you to accept, you may be entitled to treat the changed terms as a breach of contract and resign, before taking action for constructive dismissal.
Naturally, refusing to work or resigning in protest are both very serious steps. You should ensure that you always take advice before resigning and our experienced employment solicitors are here to guide you if your contract of employment is changed without your agreement. If this has already happened to you, call us for assistance
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