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28 January 2003

LRD publishes new guide to employment contracts
Over the last few years there has been an increasing amount of statutory employment law affecting the relationship between employer and employee. For example, employers now have to pay their workers at least the national minimum wage, provide paid holidays and give employees time off for family-related reasons.

But despite this, the employment contract remains the most important source of rights that employees have and is central to the employment relationship. The contract may improve upon the minimum terms provided by law, and can offer additional terms and conditions not provided by statute.

It is therefore essential for employees to understand what their contract of employment contains, and what rights it gives them. The Labour Research Department's latest booklet, Contracts of employment - a legal guide, explains the main principles of contract law, and uses examples from case law to help clarify this often complicated topic.

Although the employer cannot lawfully change an employee's contract without either their agreement, or that of their representatives, this does not prevent many employers from trying to impose contract changes. Contracts of employment describes in detail the different circumstances in which contracts can and, importantly, cannot be changed, citing successful cases taken by individuals and their unions to protect employees' rights.

Previous LRD guides to contract law have proved very popular with union representatives and individuals, and this new edition has been fully updated to include all legislation in force at the start of 2003, as well as recent case law decisions.


Notes to editors

1. Contracts of employment - a legal guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?4.50 or ?10.50 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?29.50 (?73.95 for employers/ commercial organisations). LRD publishes 10-11 booklets each year.

2. The Labour Research Department is an independent trade union and labour movement organisation founded 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 including 55 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries on this booklet contact Sonia McKay on 020 7902 9827. To order copies of the booklet telephone 020 7928 3649.

4. Full information about all of LRD's services and publications is available on the LRD website at www.lrd.org.uk.
 

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