The employer must ensure the terms of service they reach with the employee are adhered to throughout the life of the contract. During the drawing up of a contract the employer should include a section known as the custom and practice which details all the commonly held practices outside of those detailed in the contract.

This can include any commonly held practices, such as days off commonly held for all employees, which are not detailed in the written contract of the employee.

Certain contracts drawn up by an employer are deemed to be illegal under employment law, these can include all contracts allowing all or part of a salary to be paid without taxes or National Insurance being paid on the earned monies.

What employers need to know


What’s your perfect job? – Employment Law

One area of employment law all employees should be aware of is their rights when employment is terminated.

This can include the need for an employer to make a written statement detailing the reasons an employee has been dismissed, which must be completed by law when an employee has been employed for 12 months if employed before 6 April 2012 or two years if employed after this date.

Employment law is geared to allow fair practices to be maintained by both the employee and employer, this allows both parties to remain within the law and avoid legal problems during and after the employment of an individual.

Each employer and employee should have at least a basic understanding of employment law to ensure all activities remain legal and within the bounds of UK law.