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23rd January, 2020 by Matthew Potter
Currently, employers are required to provide employees (who will be working with them for at least one month) with a written statement. This statement should set out the key terms of the employment and must be given to employees within two months of their employment start date. Some terms must be given in a single document (“the Principal Statement”) and others can follow in reasonably accessible documents (e.g. a staff handbook) or supplementary statements.
The changes will apply where:
The requirement to provide a Section 1 statement will also be expanded on 6 April 2020 to all workers (as opposed to just employees). The statement will become a day 1 right and should be given no later than the commencement of employment.
From 6 April 2020, all workers can bring a claim against you if you have failed to provide a Section 1 statement. This also applies if you have provided an inaccurate or incomplete statement. Although a worker cannot claim compensation for the failure to provide the statement alone, it can be tagged onto some existing claims if the statement had not been provided at the time the claim was issued.
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