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What is a Section 1 Statement?
There is no legal requirement for an employee to have a written contract of employment. However, the law requires an employee to be given a written "section 1 statement" of certain particulars within two months of starting employment (these can be included within a Contract).
Section 1 Statement
A section 1 statement includes:
- The names of the employer and employee
- The date the employment starts and period of continuous employment
- Pay (or method of calculating it) and interval of payment
- Hours of work
- Holiday entitlement and pay
- The employee's job title or a brief description of the work
- Notice periods
- Place of work
- A note stating whether there is a contracting-out certificate in force under the Pension Schemes Act 1993
- Certain information on disciplinary and grievance procedures
The following information can be given in supplementary statements, provided it is all given within the two months:
- Terms related to work outside the UK for a period of more than one month
- Terms as to length of temporary or fixed term work
- Collective agreements
Most businesses prefer to have a more comprehensive Contract to protect their business. We provide a Fixed-Fee Contract to assist.
If you would like further information, please contact Reena Sharma or Stacey Edgley at our Farnborough office or Mel McCrum at our Ash Vale office. They are all members of the Employment Lawyers Association.