People often use certain terms when discussing staff contracts etc. Here are some useful explanations:
A contract is an agreement between employee and employer setting out implied and explicit terms and conditions – written statement of particulars, collective agreements, it is often used interchangeably with Written Statement of Employment.
Contract types and employer responsibilities
There are different contract types: full-time, part-time, fixed term, agency workers, consultants, zero hours, family members, volunteers and young workers
Employment status (worker, employee, self-employed, director or contractor) affects employment rights and employer responsibilities in the workplace
This is the period of time an employee has worked continuously for one employer.
Fixed-term employment contracts
Fixed Term Contracts are contracts which have a specified end date, there are often used for specific projects.
Can include working from home, term-time working, part-time working etc.
Discrimination policy and equal opportunities in the workplace – sex discrimination, disabled workers, older people, compulsory retirement
Maximum weekly working hours
Working time directive and maximum weekly working hours including how to calculate your weekly working hours and working time limits if you’re a young worker
Part-time workers’ rights
Part-time workers shouldn’t be treated less favourably than full-time workers; employers’ responsibilities and what part-time workers can do if they’re treated unfairly
Overtime: your rights
Overtime law – what is overtime, overtime pay, employee rights, part-time workers and time off in lieu
The rules for working on Sundays, opt in, opt out arrangements, rules for shop and betting shop workers
Protect yourself and your business by putting in place an anti-bribery policy for those who work for you and on your behalf
Employer relocation: your rights
When employers move, employees with mobility clauses, what happens with redundancies, compensation, disputes and company takeovers
Night working hours
The rules on working hours – hour and limits, rests, health assessments and terms and conditions
Rest breaks at work
Workers’ rights to rest breaks at work – length of breaks, how your age affects rest breaks, exceptions to the rules for shift workers, young people, and drivers