Employment Contract Details
Contracts should be in writing and in English.
No mandatory requirement concerning probation periods. The maximum probation period is 6 months.
Minimum Wage Requirements
In the UK, the minimum wage depends on the employee's age:
- Age 18-20: £6.15 an hour
- Age 21-24: £7.70 an hour
- Age 25 and Over: £8.21 an hour
Maximum working hours and overtime
The maximum hours allowed per week are 48.
Bonus and expense payments
Employers providing bonus payments to their employees have certain tax, National Insurance and reporting obligations.
Parental leave in the UK is unpaid and up to 18 weeks’ leave for each child until their 18th birthday. Employees are allowed to take a maximum of 4 weeks per year.
Employees are entitled to statutory sick pay (SSP) as long as they earn more than the lower earnings level. SSP is not however payable for the first 3 qualifying days of absence (a qualifying day is a day on which you are normally expected to work under your contract of employment).
There is a limit of 28 weeks‘ SSP in any one period of sickness or linked periods (periods of sickness are said to be linked if the second period starts within 8 weeks of the end of the first period). SSP is paid in the same way as ordinary pay and is liable to tax and National Insurance contributions.
Payments of sick pay may be terminated, suspended or reduced if an employee fails to notify the Company of relevant facts, or if their absence or continued absence is due to their taking an unwarranted risk (in or out of work), conducting themselves in a way that prejudices their recovery.