There are several clauses of an employment contract to consider carefully before signing it.
Where the contract of employment is terminated or is being terminated, settlement agreements are often used to settle employment issues because litigation are long and expensive.
ACAS code of practice sets out a disciplinary and grievance procedure that the employer in the UK is expected to comply with.
The UK laws on collective redundancies or TUPE give priority to the speed and the efficiency of the procedure.
In the UK, less than 30% of employees is covered by a collective bargaining agreement; this figure falls to 16% if we consider only private sector employees. For that reason, Employee Handbook is of considerable importance within a company in the UK.
In the UK, the union membership rate amounts to 25% of employees representing 6.4 million employees in 2014. The importance of unions in a company in England is not to be overlooked because in addition to the ability to negotiate the collective agreements, they often exercise most of the powers devolved to the employee representatives in other European countries (eg works council).