Employment contracts

5. Problems with a written statement

If an employee has a problem receiving their written statement, they could:

  1. Try to solve the problem with their employer informally.

  2. If this doesn’t work, take out a grievance against their employer (employers can also get advice about handling grievances).

  3. Take a case to an employment tribunal as a last resort. In Northern Ireland, a case would be taken to an industrial tribunal.

The tribunal will decide what the employment particulars in the statement should have been.

Compensation

If an employee wins a case about another issue (eg unfair dismissal), the tribunal may award compensation if there’s been a problem with their written statement as well.

Compensation can be 2 or 4 week’s pay although there’s a limit on how much a tribunal will award for a week’s pay.