Nowadays, the flexibility of the labour market provides employers with a variety of options when it comes to engaging individuals.
Getting the right documentation in place at the start of any working relationship is essential if you wish to minimise disputes at a later date.
We can advise you on the terms of your employment contract, consultancy agreement or directors’ service contract so that you understand what you’re signing up to. This includes any bonus scheme or other incentive arrangements which your employer may be looking to put in place. If you’re unhappy with some of the terms as a result of our conversation, we can help you try to negotiate changes.
If you’ve already signed your contract and are considering taking up a new engagement or new employment, we can advise you on the enforceability of any post-termination restrictions which might affect your plans. As a result, you’ll be better informed when making decisions about your next career move.
If required, we can respond to threats by your former employer to take action against you for breaching post-termination restrictions. This will involve quickly understanding both the nature of the role and the circumstances in which you left your former employer. If it becomes necessary to defend any legal proceedings, we work closely with you to take whatever action is needed, including responding to applications for court injunctions.
If your employer is trying to change your terms and conditions or implement new benefit packages, we can advise you on your rights (particularly under the TUPE Regulations) and the risks of refusing to agree to the change.
We will also work closely with your other professional advisers who may be assisting you with issues such as pensions and tax. By doing so, we can ensure we have a joined-up approach.
Please contact a member of the employment team to discuss any issues relating to recruitment and employment documentation.