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01 March 2005

New LRD guide sets out remedies for breach of employment contract
Despite the increase in statutory employment law, a contract of employment is fundamental when establishing a person's employment rights and remains the most important source of rights that workers have.

It is important for workers and union representatives to understand employment contracts and what rights they give employees at work, as an employment contract has the capacity to improve legal minimum terms such as holidays, maternity rights or sick pay. It can also contain additional terms and conditions not provided by statute.

The Labour Research Department's latest booklet, Contracts of employment - a legal guide, explains the principles and applications of contract law. It sets out what legally constitutes a contract of employment, how different types of employment are classified - who is an employee, a worker or independent contractor - and what the legal position is regarding changes to a contract. It also outlines legal remedies for breach of contract, including wrongful dismissal and constructive dismissal. It contains examples from case law, and clearly details each necessary element in a straightforward style.

Contracts of employment - a legal guide is an aid to understanding an individual's contractual rights at work, and will help union representatives support members whose contractual rights have been or are being undermined.

Notes to editors
1. Contracts of employment - a legal guide is published by the Labour Research Department, 78 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HF, price ?4.70 or ?11.40 for employers or commercial organisations. LRD booklets are also available on subscription at an annual cost of ?33.45 (?79.65 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 over 90 years ago. Around 1,800 trade union organisations, including 55 national unions, representing 99% of total TUC membership, are affiliated.

3. For press enquiries on this booklet, contact Sally Buffard on 020 7902 9824. 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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