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Jobsworth aims to provide online guidance in compiling contracts and to help employers cut through the red tape Although aimed primarily to help 'small- to medium-sized employers', there is a fair amount of information on the Jobsworth site which should benefit the employee.

Sections on 'Disciplinary and grievance procedure', 'Opting out of the maximum working week', and 'Returning to work after maternity leave' are guidance sections which give the basic amount of details of the key areas of concern.A mixture of free and chargeable documents, you simply have to register to access them.

The health and safety document, for example, is a free download which gives standard, well-written information about how to set up and monitor a health and safety policy.

For the uninitiated, this would be a good starting point.

The section on contracts allows you to create a contract on a standard pro-forma. Filling in the fields over a couple of pages, you are offered prompts and guidance as you go. The objective is to 'satisfy your legal requirements and highlight other potentially relevant clauses', so this is very much aimed at the employer's duties and liabilities. The documentation is well written and well considered. Even though each individual document cannot be fully tailored to unforeseen eventualities, they are very useful frameworks.

Other sections include a 'jargonbuster' and a news service to keep abreast of key changes in the law.

Some of the services are not active at the time of writing. Visit www.jobsworth. com

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