Read through all of Gap HR’s documents about contracts. When issuing a contract, it is important to always remember that you cannot make an employee sign away their rights. A contract is a document designed to let employees know what they are entitled to, but not to change their statutory rights. You can schedule a tribunal audit with Carolyne using this link to review your contract – and make sure you don’t end up in tribunal!
Make sure you have given them a contract to read and sign before they start (I know that some of you don’t like doing this, but believe me it is easier and protects your business more to do it this way round!). Make it clear that you expect them to either return it before they start or on their first day.
Most employers think that they’re being clever by not issuing a contract of employment – what could the harm of that be? Is there even a penalty for not issuing a contract of employment? The answer is actually quite a lot of risk involved. Here is a short guide as to why you must issue one, no matter how much you don’t want to…
Legally, since 1 April 2020, you have to give all new employees a contract on their first working day.On a purely practical level, it ensures that they know what is expected of them, i.e. their hours of work. They also know what they are entitled to, i.e. holidays, any sick pay, etc. This frees them up to concentrate on doing the actual work you hired them for!
The Gap HR Contract Quiz will test your knowledge about your statutory rights and requirements for contracts. Contracts are one of the key things that govern employees’ work – so you better hope that you know what is allowed and not allowed in the contract.
If you are one of the successful ones who has hired a Kickstart employee – congratulations! They will, like every other employee, need a full employment contract on their first day of employment. But their employment contract will be different to a “normal” or even zero hours employee.