RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS - 03.07.2020
Garden leave didn’t have to be offset against covenant
The High Court has enforced a six-month non-compete covenant following a similar period of garden leave. What can you take away from this decision?
CONTINUITY - 11.06.2020
Q&A - fixed term to permanent
Q. We want to offer an employee who’s been hired on a short fixed-term contract (FTC) a permanent position starting in the next few weeks. We understand that if the two contracts follow on from each other consecutively the employee will retain continuity of employment rights. How can we avoid this? ...
PAY - 03.06.2020
Announcing a pay freeze
Due to the economic conditions, you need to freeze current pay rates. Should you tell employees about your pay freeze decision and are there any circumstances where employees are entitled to a pay rise in any event?
CORONAVIRUS - CONTRACTS - 18.05.2020
Changing contractual terms
Due to the crisis you need to make cost savings so you’ve tried to reduce an employee’s hours and pay by mutual consent. They’ve refused to negotiate but you still wish to proceed. What are your options?
CONTRACTS - 07.05.2020
The pitfalls of unsigned employment contracts
Although there’s no legislation requiring employment contracts to be signed by employees to be binding, obtaining their signature is best practice as it provides clear evidence of their acceptance of the terms. But what’s the risk with an unsigned contract?
CORONAVIRUS - CONTRACTS - 07.05.2020
Coronavirus: reducing employees’ hours or pay
Many employers who are suffering economic difficulties have asked their employees who are still working during the coronavirus pandemic to take cuts in hours and/or pay. What’s the legal position here?