27 May 2019

EEA issues caution over non provision of written contracts

The Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) has issued a caution to all employers following a recent poll which revealed that 59% of employed grooms do not have a written statement of terms of employment (contract).

Employers are legally required to provide certain information to staff in the first two months of employment and this information should also be included in any contract of employment.

Equestrian employer and professional rider Aurora Eastwood from South Wonston Farm, Hampshire says, “The obvious thing to point out is that providing a written statement of terms is the law. From a human perspective it’s about making sure someone feels secure and wanted. A written contract gives protection on both sides, everyone knows where they stand, it’s literally written in black and white and so can be referred back to if there is an issue.”

Lucy Katan, Executive Director of the Equestrian Employers Association (EEA) said, “We can’t stress enough the importance of protecting yourself and your business by ensuring that all of your employees have a written statement of terms.

The Equestrian Employers Association Contract Creator really does make this important task quick and simple. It’s the law to issue them and naïve to think that nothing negative will ever happen. The figure should be at 100% so why not take this week to make it your moment and make it happen?”

The Equestrian Employers Association was created to offer bespoke support for equestrian employers and developed the first ever equestrian Contract Creator, a five step, easy to use employment tool. This allows users to create as many versions as they need.

The Contract Creator is a free to use tool for all employers signed up to the Equestrian Employers Association, available at equestrianemployers.org.uk for just £37.50 per year.

Give your Staff a Contract Week runs from May 27 – 31 2019.