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Contracts of employment for veterinary staff guide

This comprehensive guide on employment contracts covers up-to-date advice on all the relevant employment laws, rights and regulations for employers, and a suggested model agreement.

It has been designed to provide key information on the rights of employees and on the operation of employment law, incorporating a suggested model agreement at the back of the document which may be adapted as appropriate.

Note, the guide reflects the law at the time of publication. However, it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that its employment practices and employment contracts comply with current law. Employers should, therefore, keep their employment practices and contracts of employment under review.

Last revision: Spring 2019 
Edition: 4 
Publisher: BVA 
Number of pages: 82 
Format: PDF

The guide explains:

  • the need for a written agreement
  • commencement of employment
  • employment status
  • locums
  • agency workers
  • salaried partners
  • partnership prospects
  • limited companies
  • fixed-term contracts
  • part-time employees
  • restraint of practice
  • remuneration
  • restrictions as to place of residence
  • confidentiality
  • sickness
  • data protection
  • indemnity insurance
  • compulsory insurance
  • model agreement
  • signature of agreement
  • review of agreement
  • minor matters outside the agreement
  • unionisation
  • future changes

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Contracts of employment for veterinary staff guide