Principal Statement Changes
Sentient Group Ltd
Info Update 2020/14                                                         Issue Date: 03/04/2020
Principal Statement of Terms and Conditions of Employment
 (aka Section one Statement)
As you may be aware from previous Information Updates, the government commissioned an Independent Review of Employment Practices by Matthew Taylor which came up with a raft of recommendations (The Good Work Plan). The plan is focused on improving communication and certainty in the working relationship, and the proposal is that the written statement of employment must include information about employees’ rights.

So, what’s changing?
  • A Principal Statement must be issued to an employee within 2 months of commencing employment.

  • With effect from 6th April 2020, a Principal Statement must be issued to a Worker (not just an employee) on, or before, the first day of employment.

Definition of a worker is someone employed on:
a) a contract of employment, or
b) any other contract, whether express or implied and (if it is express) whether oral or in writing, whereby the individual undertakes to do or perform personally any work or services for another party to the contract whose status is not by virtue of the contract that of a client or customer of any profession or business undertaking carried on by the individual.

The Principal Statement will need to include the following:
You do not need to issue new Principal Statements to all your existing employees, but the new Principal Statement will need to be issued to:
  1. any employee / worker who has not been issued with a Principal Statement; and
  2. any employee / worker who is employed after 6th April 2020 (but remember it must be issued on, or before, the first day of employment).

We are currently in the process of updating all our clients’ template Principal Statements. If you need to issue a Principal Statement on or after 6th April 2020, and we have not already contacted you by then with updated templates, then please contact us, and we will expedite your work.

If you would like us to draft your Principal Statements, please contact us on 03456 446006.
The advice and comment in this update is not meant to be an authoritative statement of the law. The articles and summaries should not be applied to any specific set of facts and circumstances without seeking further advice. Whilst every care is taken to ensure that the content is correct Sentient cannot accept responsibility for the accuracy of statements made nor the result of any actions taken by individuals after reading such.
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