This topic looks at some of the common clauses that may be used in a contract of employment or must be set out in the written particulars of terms of employment. The list is not exhaustive, but shows some common examples of how an employer might protect its own interests within the employer-employee relationship, particularly in relation to competitors.

This topic does not cover how to create a contract of employment or the legal obligations relating to the employer/employee relationship.


The Taylor Review on Modern Working Practices in July 2017 made over 50 recommendations for the reform of employment law, including the right to a written statement of particulars under s.1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 should be extended to all workers not just to employees. This came into law from 6 April 2020.

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