Contracts & Service Agreements
Having the right contractual documents in place is a vital part of protecting your business. All employees are entitled to be provided with a written statement of terms and conditions within the first 8 weeks of employment and they must contain certain provisions as a minimum.
We can work with you to provide tailored contracts of employment or Service Agreements which meet your business needs and protect your business including:
- Executive service agreements
- Senior staff contracts
- Junior staff contracts
- Part time contracts
- Fixed term contracts
- Casual worker agreements
- Zero hour contracts
- Trainee contracts
- Apprenticeship agreements
- Consultancy agreements
We work closely with you to ensure that the contracts are tailored to your business and advise you on the best ways to address;
- Restrictive covenants
- Confidential information
- Intellectual property
- Defamatory comments
- Social networking
- Flexibility and Mobility clauses
Restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses are essential for all organisations to consider. These clauses aim to control and regulate what staff do while working for you and after the relationship ends. We work with clients to ensure that the appropriate restrictions are put in place, drafted specifically to fit your business while ensuring that they are not too wide in scope to render them unenforceable. Proper use of well drafted restrictions can prevent the serious financial harm that can be caused as a result of employees stealing trade secrets, poaching staff or working for a competitor immediately after the termination of their employment.
We can also ensure your Confidential Information is protected.
Intellectual Property clauses protect a business by helping it to secure legal rights to intangible property such as new and innovative modes of working, designs, or trademarks for example. In certain sectors the regulation of these rights will be absolutely critical, however, intellectual property is relevant to most organisations.
Defamatory Comments and Social Media
Negative publicity can have a disastrous effect on a business and with the growth of social media websites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, it has become even more important for businesses to control what their employees are able to do and say on social media. We work with employers to address this and ensure their contracts and policies are drafted properly to avoid comments being made in the first instance.
Flexibility and Mobility clauses
To ensure you have a flexible and mobile workforce it’s important you are clear on your expectations from the outset. We assist employers and provide advice on achieving this.