Employers breaking the law from today?
Those employers who have staff on their payroll but without a signed employment agreement or written terms and conditions are breaking the law from today.
There is now a requirement to have written terms and conditions of employment for every single employee - yes, even those who have been with you for many years, or who started work before they signed anything - you gave them one before they started but they never brought it back...
If you have people at your workplace that you have never had anything in writing for, please take a few mintues to put down on paper the terms and conditions of their employment - you must have a copy, and be able to give it to them if requested. If they are working without a signed agreement, dig out what you gave them even if it never got signed.
If a Labour Department inspector requires it, you will have 7 days to provide something, before a fine may be imposed.
And, don't employ anyone without a written, signed employment agreement. Not ever.
Reminder too - if you are using a trial period in an employment agreement, make sure the person has signed it BEFORE they start work, no use them starting work at 9 am and signing at lunchtime, your trial period clause will be invalid. Employment Court test cases to prove it.
You can contact Battersby HR Consulting, Paddy and Heather, on 09 838 1455 if you have questions... www.battersbyhr.com