06 November 2015
Have You Read Your Employment Contract?
A recent survey carried out by health and safety consultants ‘Protecting’ revealed some shocking statistics about how little UK employees know about their employment rights.
The survey questioned around 1,000 people who work in the UK, asking them whether or not they had ever read their employment contract in full. Most people, 909 to be precise, said that they have no memory of ever reading their contract. Indeed, only 0.6% of workers had actually read their employment contract, with 93 claiming to have skim read it or at least read part of it.
Not reading and understanding your employment contract can have negative effects on your career. You might accidentally break a clause or policy without knowing and be subject to disciplinary action as a result. You may have restrictive covenants in your contract, which severely restrict what you do when you leave your current employment.
If you get into a dispute with your employer you might need to get an Employment Contract Solicitor to represent you. They can analyse your case, help you prepare for a disciplinary hearing and, if necessary, help you to counter-claim for unfair dismissal.
It can be a scary prospect being summoned to a disciplinary hearing. Perhaps reading this will make you reach for your employment contract to check it over for peace of mind, but probably not. Most people –in fact, a staggering 56% of the survey respondents – admitted to having no idea where their contract is.
To avoid employment contract issues, you can always use a review service. An employment contract review works like this: you send your contract to an Employment Solicitor, they review what level of service you need, and then after you have agreed the terms of service you require they will review your contract and provide you with advice on what to do in your circumstances.
Having an Employment Solicitor check over your employment contract can help assure you that there are no surprises contained within it. They can also check for any conflicts between your existing contract and the one for your new job, give advice on specific contract problems and even help you to negotiate new terms.
For an initial consultation with an Employment Solicitor, call Slater and Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9060 or contact us online and we will call you back.