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Drafting Employment Contracts

3rd Edition
Gillian Howard
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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 absence
  • 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 constitutes indirect religious discrimination; travel abroad and employers’ duty of care and guidance.


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.

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October 2017


Law Society




Hardback + CD
720 Pages