Contractual & Statutory Rights

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When you enter into an employment contract, you gain contractual rights in addition to statutory rights under employment law.

An Employment Solicitor can ensure your employment contract protects your interests and, if you encounter employment law problems, provide legal advice on your contractual and statutory rights.

At Macks Solicitors, our team of dedicated employment law specialists are ready to work with you to ensure your contractual rights are protected and recognised.

If your contractual or statutory rights are breached, we can take action on your behalf including, if necessary, representation before an Employment Tribunal.

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For no-obligation advice and information, call our specialist Employment Solicitors today on 01642 252 828 or use our contact form and we will call you back.

Contactual & Statutory Rights

Our Employment law Solicitors have an in-depth understanding of contractual and statutory employment rights.

Our specialist team is here to guide you through the complexities of employment-related contractual disputes or alleged breaches of employment contract with experience advising on a full range of employment contractual and statutory rights including:

  • Alleged breach of contract terms
  • Changes to work role or job description
  • Changes to working conditions
  • Changes to the identity of an employer because of the restructuring of the business
  • Contractual employment changes without prior consultation
  • Different contractual term interpretations
  • Pay changes or wage deductions
  • Rights relating to types of employment from fixed-term contracts, freelance contracts, agency contracts, seasonal contracts, remote worker contracts and zero-hour contracts       

We always recommend that you get in touch immediately for expert employment legal advice if your employer is attempting to make contractual changes to your employment or if you suspect your employer is not honouring your contractual or statutory rights.

Employment Contracts

An employment contract is a written agreement between an employee and employer. An employer is legally obliged to provide an employee with a contract if the employee is employed for one month or more. The agreement must be written within two months of the employee’s start date and must detail the particulars of the employee’s employment.

Employment contracts are put in place to protect an employee’s employment rights but they also protect the employer.

Written contracts typically set out rights and obligations for both employer and employee and should include the following:

  • Employer and employee names
  • Data protection and confidentiality provisions
  • Fixed-term end date for temporary roles
  • Holiday entitlement
  • Hours of work
  • Job title and description
  • Location of employment and if an employer can require an employee to work out of a different place of employment
  • Maternity, paternity and bereavement provisions
  • Notice periods
  • Pension
  • Probationary period
  • Restrictive covenants if employment is terminated
  • Salary and bonuses
  • Sick leave pay entitlement
  • Start date and date of continuous employment
  • Termination of contract information

Although contracts of employment can be oral, written or implied, Employment Solicitors strongly advise that all employment contracts are in writing to avoid any misunderstandings and to minimise the risk of employment law disputes.

Employment Statutory Rights

In addition to the contractual rights set out in the employment contract, an employee has statutory rights. These include but are not limited to:

  • Annual leave
  • Gender-related equal pay
  • Insolvency payments
  • Minimum wage
  • Protection against discrimination
  • Protection against unfair dismissal
  • Protection when disclosing wrongdoing to the employer (whistleblowing)
  • Right to maternity and paternity benefits
  • Right to pay when laid off and statutory redundancy pay
  • Safe work environment
  • Statutory sick pay rights (SSP)
  • Unlawful pay deduction protection

If you believe either your contractual or statutory rights have been breached by your employer then our expert Employment law Solicitors can offer advice and guidance on your legal rights and employment law remedies.

How Macks Can Help

We will thoroughly explore your case and determine the best course of action that is tailored to your specific needs.

We will discuss the funding arrangement that best suits your situation and provide you with efficient, practical advice.

Contact us

For more information about contractual and statutory rights, you can call us on 01642 252 828; alternatively, complete our online contact form and one of our Employment Solicitors will be in touch.

Macks Solicitors provide comprehensive employment law advice across the country from our offices in MiddlesbroughDarlington and Redcar.

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