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Standard Employment Documentation

Continuing our series on legal concepts aimed at those working in tax John Quigley Head of the Employment Department at Lawfords Solicitors looks at contracts and staff handbooks
Almost all businesses have something in the way of standard employment documentation. It ranges from a simple letter of appointment (which is copied over each time a new employee is engaged) to a comprehensive set of contracts policies and procedures (often contained in a bulky 'Staff Handbook').
But very little employment documentation is actually required by law. The law does not for example require contracts of employment to be in writing although it does require employers to provide employees with a statement setting out the principal terms of the employment within two months of the commencement of employment.

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