Employment contracts

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.

  1. Step 1 Check your business is ready to employ staff

  2. Step 2 Recruit someone

    You need to advertise the role and interview candidates. You can use a recruitment agency to do this or do it yourself.

    1. Find out about recruiting someone yourself on Acas
    2. Find out about using a recruitment agency

    As an employer you must make sure you recruit employees fairly.

    1. Avoid discrimination during recruitment
    2. Make your application process accessible for employees with disabilities or health conditions
  3. and Find out if they need a DBS check

    You may need to check someone's criminal record, for example, if they'll be working in healthcare or with children.

    1. Find out if you need a DBS check
    2. How to do a DBS check
  4. Step 3 Check if they need to be put into a workplace pension

    1. Assess if they need to be put into a workplace pension

    You have ongoing responsibilities to check if your employees need to be put into a workplace pension scheme.

    1. Check what your ongoing responsibilities are
  5. Step 4 Agree a contract and salary

  6. Step 5 Tell HMRC about your new employee