Employing People

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Who is an employee?

An employee is someone who works under a contract of employment.

A contract of employment is an agreement between an employer and an employee which sets out their employment rights, responsibilities and duties. From 6 April 2020, organisations will be required to provide a written statement of particulars to both employees and workers from day one of their employment. It is good practice, however, to issue a written contract before the employee commences work.

Within the URC employees are lay staff. The Human Resources office remit covers lay staff but not ministers.

How are URC ministers ‘employed’?

Ministers are 'office holders' who are not subject to terms and conditions of employment. The arrangements by which they hold office are covered by the Plan for Partnership. 

Why does the HR office not deal with ministers?

The HR office covers lay employees based at Church House and extends advice to churches or synods that employ lay people or volunteers. URC ministers are looked after by the Ministries Office who will be able to help you with enquiries relating to ministers.

Why does the URC (Church House) not employ staff in local churches?

Lay individuals who work in United Reformed Churches work for a specific local church and therefore that church is their employer. Their contract etc. should be issued by the local church and any employment issues should also be dealt with by the church. The HR office is able to offer advice on employment issues, although we may refer you to your local synod and suggest you seek professional legal advice if necessary.  


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