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Legal Update: Changes to Employment Contracts

Monday 9th March 2020

From 6 April, employers will have to provide a written statement of particulars to all employees, irrespective of service. One of the greatest changes is that employment contracts must be provided to employees on the first day of employment rather than within the first two months as currently. 

Under the new rules Employment contracts must include details of:

  • probationary periods (including any conditions and how long they are),
  • normal working hours and days,
  • other employee benefits (EAP, healthcare etc.)
  • any other paid leave during employment and
  • training entitlement provided by the employer, including details of compulsory training.

Details of other paid leave and training can be given in a separate document, which must be reasonably accessible (such as in a company handbook), and also provided on the first day of employment.

Current employees will have the right to request an updated statement.

For a fixed fee, we can update your contract to make sure they are compliant in time for 6 April.

Contact us and we will send you a checklist to complete from which we can make the amendments. If you need to make more changes to your contracts we can give you a separate fixed fee quote.


  • Before 31 March 2020: £475 plus VAT
  • From 1 April 2020: £550 plus VAT

Call us on 0300 077 0022 or email employment@gordonsllp.com