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An employment contract should help you and your employee set the foundations for a good working relationship. This legally binding document will outline the key terms of the employment arrangement that both parties must keep to. From April 2020 onwards, the law now states that all UK employers must provide their employee with a contract of employment on or before their first day of work.

What should be included in an employment contract?

A nanny employment contract should contain the terms and conditions of employment including:

  • Start date
  • Hours of work
  • Starting salary (we recommend agreeing a gross salary and using this figure within the contract.)
  • Holiday Entitlement and any other paid leave (i.e. sick pay / leave, compassionate leave)
  • Probationary and notice period
  • Details of any training the employee must undertake (including any training not paid for by the employer)
  • Details of any additional benefits offered by the employer

Some optional terms you may want to consider:

  • Privacy/Confidentiality
  • Relocation

Employer Responsibilities

All UK employees, must receive a contract of employment (or at the very least a statement of employment terms). The employee must receive their contract by their first day of employment to allow them time to read over the document and raise any queries that they may have.

If it is nearing the employee's start date, or they have already begun working, and have not yet received their contract, they are within their rights to request one.

Each of the terms and agreements in the contract must meet employment law standards. For example, your employee must be provided with the holiday allowance they’re entitled to. For Live-out staff you must also adhere to the latest National Minimum Wage rates.

Disputes and Issues

Many employers go on to build amazing, strong bonds with their employees but sadly there are cases where disputes do arise. If an issue is becoming apparent, your first port of call should be the Employment Contract.

Check the relevant clause so you have a better understanding of where you stand. If you were to seek further legal support or advice, the contract is likely to be the first thing that is requested. This is why it’s vital to have the right Contract of Employment in place and to make yourself familiar with the terms laid out in it.

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