Get Your Employment Contract in Black and White

Employment law stipulates that both verbal and written employment contracts are binding. Non-written contracts will automatically take effect when work commences by the employee. For employers who wish to ensure that they protect their business as well as acting in a responsible manner towards their employees they should always opt for a written employment agreement.

A contract of employment is an agreement that is set out between the employer and the employee. Employers can detail the terms and conditions of that employment looking at the rights, duties and responsibilities of the employee. Even though an employment contract does not need to be in writing an employer must supply a written statement detailing what has been agreed if the employee requests it within the first two months of commencing work.

An employment law specialist will always advise to keep all employment contracts documented. It pays to have terms and conditions detailed in black and white to protect the company from possible disputes in the future.

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Repetitive Strain Injury And Your Employment

Repetitive Strain Injury is also known as cumulative trauma disorder (CTD), which is just one of many different names associated with Repetitive Strain Injury. The effect of Repetitive Strain Injury comes as the result of overusing a tool such as a computer, guitar or knife; basically any activity that requires repeated movements. Repetitive Strain Injury affects your muscles, tendons and nerves in your hands, arms and upper back.

Repetitive Strain Injury is a medically accepted condition, which occurs when muscles in your hands, arms and upper back are kept tense for long periods of time due to poor posture and repetitive motions. Some people also believe that stress is a main cause of Repetitive Strain Injury rather than it just being a contributing factor this is because of aspects such as job demands, poor support from colleagues and work dissatisfaction may cause an employee to work harder without realising the potential damage that they could be causing through Repetitive Strain Injury.

The effects of Repetitive Strain Injury may take months, even years to develop and in many cases starts with a slight ache that gradually gets worse. Once the problem of Repetitive Strain Injury has started the problem can get that bad that severe pain may be felt most of the time, even with only the slightest movement.

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Handling Disputes With Your Employer

It is probably fair to say that for most people, working life will not involve any disputes – there may be annoyances, but these are most likely to be resolved swiftly and without any disciplinary action. However, for some people, there will be disputes. They can occur over a number of things, such as salary, too many hours, or tasks being assigned that are not part of a job description. When these disputes occur it can be difficult to know how to proceed, but thankfully there are protocols in place to help make it easier.

Remember that steps for disputes depend on your employment status – contract or temporary workers do not have the same rights as permanent workers, so you would firstly need to work out if you really are in a dispute or not. If you are, the first step is of course to try to reach an agreement with your boss.

Usually a boss would be keen to resolve a problem, because they can affect work and slow productivity, which in turn can put the manager’s job on the line. Sometimes disputes are purely misunderstandings, or something has not been clarified properly – for instance, it could be that you have been given extra work outside of your job description because you are being eyed up for promotion, or that someone else is ill. If talking to your boss does not solve the problem though, then approaching your line manager or Human Resources would represent the next step.

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