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I’ve got just one staff member - do I really need a Contract?

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On 6th April 2020 the Law changed: a new entitlement, from day one, to a written statement of main terms and conditions for both workers and employees came into force. In effect it placed both categories of ‘employees’ and ‘workers’ under the same umbrella.

A ‘statement of main terms and conditions’ effectively means a Contract. A Contract means clarity – and clarity means a better relationship between you and your workforce- however large or small that is.

In our last blog I wrote about company culture, and how a Staff Handbook can transform your business helping employees understand your vision and the culture you want to create.

A Contract – even for just one employee or worker- crystallises this for both you and your employee. And, from 6th April 2020, it has also become legally essential.

Many questions arise as soon as small business owners start to think about Contracts.

For example, what should go into the Contract? How do I make the Contract effective? Where can I find the time or knowledge to create a Contract? I like the freedom of working with small numbers of people without a Contract, what’s in it for me?

Well, first of all you have no choice. The Law states clearly that your employee or worker is now entitled to a Contract.

But equally as important is the protection a well-designed Contract gives you– the small business owner. All you need to do is to create the right Contract for your business.

Getting assistance from specialist employment lawyers and HR professionals will greatly increase your chances of remaining protected against employee claims. So how do you do this without a huge cost?

We have the answer: a fixed price, sensibly budgeted solution to get you started. 

The Harris Law Start Up Pack is for those who have just started on their business adventure or for those who only need to employ one or two staff members in their business. 

For a one-off competitive cost our unique and specialist legal knowledge means that we can create your Contracts to give your business protection from the outset, with procedures that comply with the Law.

Protect your business and have peace of mind: 

As part of the Harris Law Start Up Pack we offer an inclusive one-hour of support with a friendly and knowledgable qualified employment lawyer to show you how to implement these contracts, policies and procedures effectively into your business.

This can be via telephone, zoom online conferencing or email. Through this support we can also highlight any areas where your business is at risk too.

But that’s not all. The Harris Law Start Up Pack covers all the other essential items your small business will need:

  • A general employment contract template
  • A suite of start-up policies and procedures for your employee Handbook
  • Privacy Policy
  • A template conditional job offer letter
  • A template job description
  • A new starter/induction checklist
  • One hour of telephone / online zoom conference or email advice from our qualified employment lawyer to get you started – (valid for 1 month

If you would prefer to spread the cost we can set up a monthly payment plan for you.

Call us on 01803 861086 and we will set it up for you.  Alternatively you can contact us HERE.

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