Fundamentals of Employment Contracts

Short Course
Duration: 1 day   /   Level: General   /   Suitable for in-house

Gain an essential introduction to contract law and how it applies in the workplace.



Dates and Availability

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23 May 2018
Duration: 1 day
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This practical programme takes you through the crucial elements of the contractual relationship, and the importance of terms of employment from the beginning to the end of the employee/employer relationship.

Run as it features here, or run in-house where the content can be tailored to suit your organisational needs; cost effective if a number of people require training.  Call our in-house training team to discuss your particular requirements on +44 (0)20 8612 6202.

Course Tutors

Professor Robert Upex

Robert is interested in all aspects of Employment Law, particularly employment contracts, unfair and wrongful dismissal, transfers of undertakings and discrimination law. He has been Head of the CIPD’s Employment Law faculty since 2003 and is a member of Old Square Chambers. From 2002-2006 he was chair of the International Labour Organisation's Joint Panel for the Resolution of Internal Disputes and Grievances. He was Foundation Professor of Law at the University of Surrey from 2000-07 and between 2002-05, he was Head of the Department of Law and was previously Head of the School of Law and Professor of Law at Kingston University. He was a part-time Chairman of Employment Tribunals from 1985 to 1996 and a part-time Chairman of Social Security Appeals Tribunals from 1988 to 1991. He has written numerous books on Employment Law and from 1990 to 2005 he was General Editor of Sweet & Maxwell's Encyclopaedia of Employment Law.
Who is it for
HR practitioners responsible for employment law issues within their organisation. No prior knowledge of contract law is required.

By the end of the Fundamentals of Employment Contracts course, you'll be able to:


  • understand the significance of contract law on the employment relationship
  • appreciate the importance of clarity and flexibility in drafting terms of employment
  • understand the binding nature of a contractual relationship
  • advise on how to amend an employment contract.

Employment status


  • Who is an employee?
  • Workers, self-employed and agency staff
  • Casual and seasonal workers
  • Employee-shareholder status


Types of contract


  • Permanent and temporary
  • Part-time and fixed-term
  • Zero hours
  • Other working patterns


Entering into an employment contract


  • Job description, person specification
  • Applications
  • Interviews
  • Offer and acceptance
  • Withdrawal of offer
  • Misrepresentation
  • References
  • Immigration
  • Vetting and barring


Possible sources of contractual obligations


  • Statutory provisions
  • Express and implied terms
  • Custom and practice
  • Collective agreements
  • Disciplinary procedures


The key elements of an employment contract


  • Written particulars of employment
  • Express and implied terms
  • Terms incorporated by reference to other documents
  • Restrictive covenants
  • Continuity of employment


Drafting an employment contract


  • Basic and discretionary terms
  • Drafting for flexibility
  • Staff handbooks


Programme is subject to change pending new developments.


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People who have been on this course say

Simply brilliant. The tutor managed to make a mundane subject interesting and brought it to life. The pace was engaging, and I wish all courses could be delivered by him. Angela