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Drafting Employment Contracts


Employment law

In stock

10 October 2017

Law Society Publishing


Hardback + CD-ROM
234 x 156 mm
720 pages

Drafting Employment Contracts
3rd Edition

Gillian Howard


How do you draft a contract of employment that is both comprehensive and comprehensible? One that covers necessary complexities but is clear? Save time and money by using the tried and tested guidance and clauses in Drafting Employment Contracts.

This invaluable book offers practical and thorough coverage both as a tool to draft employment contracts and also as a guide for creating policy and executing it.

Fully updated, this third edition includes new precedents for checks on job applicants and a new policy on whistle blowing.

it also covers:

  • Major changes on sickness and absense
  • Changes to the law and case law on maternity, paternity and shared maternity leave
  • New flexible working rights
  • Changes to drafting of email internet abuse and social networking policies
  • New case law includes: status of worker; whether refusing time off to attend religious festivals constitues indirect religios discrimination; travel abroad and employers duty of care and guidance


"Logically set out, and reassuringly detailed, this straightforward and clearly written handbook will help you confirm that you are indeed steering your clients in the right direction through the legal complexities and potential pitfalls of the hiring process."

Phillip Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers


1. The start of the employment relationship and making the offer; 2. The offer and written particulars – the principal statement; 3. Different types of contracts; 4. The ‘martini contract’: ‘any time, any place, anywhere’; 5. Salary package and other financial terms and benefits; 6. Absence and sick pay; 7. Maternity, paternity, adoptive and parental leave; 8. Rules and standards of conduct; 9. Disciplinary and performance procedures; 10. Redundancy; 11. Grievances, harassment, bullying and ‘whistleblowing’; 12. Notice and notice clauses; 13. Emails, the internet, social media and data protection; 14. Restrictive covenants and confidentiality; 15. Settlement agreements.

About the Author

Gillian Howard runs her own practice specialising in employment law, personal injury and clinical negligence. She has acted for employers and employees in several high profile sex and race discrimination claims. Gillian is an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, the author of Vetting and Monitoring Employees at Work and contributor to Fitness for Work - Medical Aspects.