Notwithstanding the uncertainty of Brexit and the relative stagnation of local government, employment law continues to evolve apace.

That said, many businesses still rely on outdated template employment contracts for new and existing staff.

Some of the critical changes include:

Failure to have adequate contracts in place may amount to a breach of employment legislation increasing financial or litigation exposure. This could leave your business with no or inadequate protection when a disgruntled employee leaves.

Businesses must ensure that they have sufficient protection throughout the employment relationship and, importantly, when the employment relationship ends - whether on good or bad terms. Outdated template contracts do not reflect the modern employer/employee relationship. Simply put, they may not be fit for purpose.

Getting this right means putting the right contract in place – at outset of the relationship, and throughout the course of the employment.