Contracts of Employment, Staff Handbooks and Policies

Businesses may want to vary terms and conditions of employment for a variety of reasons, for example, to change employee benefits or to bring employment contracts in line with employment law requirements. The business may simply be in its initial start-up stage or be expanding, and needs to introduce contracts of employments, policies and handbooks into the business.

Any changes to terms and conditions to contracts should be carried out lawfully, and with the agreement of your employees following a period of consultation. Failure to consult employees about changes could result in your company being sued for breach of contract or constructive unfair dismissal.

Staff handbooks and policies allows employers to ensure that all their employees fully understand the conduct which is expected of them whilst in employment at your business, and can protect a business’s brand and credibility. These also ensures consistent management of your team.

We provide all the support you need from drafting contracts of employment, staff policies and handbooks, to reviewing and/or making changes to existing documents.

Free employment law clinic for businesses

Every Monday we run an ‘online employment law clinic’ for small businesses in South Yorkshire. If you have a question regarding employment law within your business email [email protected] on a Monday between 9am – 4pm and one of our employment experts will respond to you on the same day.

The Employment for Businesses team

Our Employment team, is renowned for its no-nonsense, energetic and pragmatic approach. Its success isn’t just down to its extensive knowledge of the law, it’s also the way we pride ourselves on putting our client first, getting to know you and understanding what you want to achieve. To get the best results for you and achieve commercially sensible outcomes it is essential that we understand your business.

The team is highly regarded, with recommendations from many clients. The professional guide, Legal 500, also ranks Howells employment team highly in Sheffield and South Yorkshire;

Legal 500 2018

"The 'friendly and approachable' employment team at Howells is known primarily for its representation of employees in tribunal claims. Clare Fowler and Tom Bernard jointly head the team, which is supported by head of civil litigation Graham Hogarth. Fowler has particular experience delivering discrimination advice, while Bernard is recommended for his 'balanced advice, thorough and clear communication' in relation to claims. The team has recently handled disability discrimination claims, in addition to unfair dismissal claims under TUPE. The practice also has experience acting for SMEs, including advising one employer on a complex redundancy matter."

Tom Bernard
Senior Solicitor
0114 249 6640
Solicitor Clare Fowler
Clare Fowler
Head of Employment & Discrimination
0114 249 6644
Patrick Macken
0114 249 6669