Martin Searle Solicitors - Protect Your Business by Updating Your Contracts and Policies

Published: 03 Dec 2019

Martin Searle Solicitors will be offering a 10% discount to businesses and organisations who need new employment contracts, freelancer contracts or updated policies.

Martin Searle Solicitors Employment Law team are launching their Contracts and Handbook campaign throughout January 2020 to help employers introduce or update their contracts and policies.

This includes offering an audit service to employers to ensure that freelancers haven’t inadvertently become employees.

The Employment Law team will also advise on whether post-termination restrictions are required to protect the business after an employee or freelancer leaves.

Free up-to-date grievance, disciplinary and capability policies will be provided when contracts are purchased.

Fiona Martin, Head of Employment Law, says: “Many businesses fail to issue written contracts to their employees or contractors. This is not a problem when relationships are harmonious and an implied contract will arise based on custom and practice. But ambiguity can lead to disputes.”

Throughout January, their Employment Law team will provide a free half hour telephone advice service for employers, hirers, employees and workers on workplace contractual rights and policies and procedures. This will include following the Acas Code to ensure grievances and disciplinary procedures are fair.

Fiona continues: “We often come across badly drafted contracts which are onerous for the employer. For example, where contracts contain disciplinary and grievance procedures, employers must follow the procedures ‘to the letter’ to avoid breach of contract claims - even where the individual has been employed for less than two years. We ensure these are set out in a separate policy.”

To support the campaign, Martin Searle Solicitors have produced a series of Factsheets, Case Studies, Top Tips and FAQs covering contractual rights for employers.

For half an hour of free and confidential advice, call Martin Searle Solicitors’ Contracts and Policies legal advice line on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout January from 4pm to 6pm.

To find out more, call 01273 609911, email info@ms-solicitors.co.uk or visit www.ms-solicitors.co.uk.

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