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Thursday, October 05, 2006


I signed my contract today. Yippee, I'm actually going to be paid for all this running around I'm doing:-) And sadly I can no longer sell all the client files off to the highest bidder:-)

I only had it because I asked though. I think the firm would have happily ignored the whole concept of a contract if I hadn't insisted. I mean, just because they are solicitors, and even have an employment law specialty partner, obviously doesn't mean they have to apply the law to their own employees!

I haven't had an induction. I haven't had a health & safety briefing. I haven't had a tour. I haven't had a risk assessment on myself, my workstation, or my job. I haven't had an employees handbook. I haven't had any emergency action plan training. I haven't been taught to use the chemicals & PPE available. I haven't had a job description. I haven't been told the 1st aid procedures. I have not been asked for any references:-) that's just off the top of my head, I' sure there are some more.

I have advised a colleague on their rights regarding flexible working patterns due to childcare commitments. I have advised a colleague on health & safety issues regarding broken chairs left under her desk. I have informed them that I am a carer - they didn't request any further information, nor did they offer any information to me (not that I need it). I have mentioned that I have previously taken employers to tribunal for not complying with the law. I have been trying very very hard to be good, & quiet & meek & the bottom of the pile. In another two weeks when I get my proper job and my proper contract I will no longer bother trying:-)

Do you think they know what they have let themselves in for?

Me neither:-)


  • At Friday, October 06, 2006 12:13:00 pm, Anonymous NannyA said…

    My god they have definately let the genie out of the bottle.

  • At Friday, October 06, 2006 3:25:00 pm, Blogger Vancouver Voyeur said…

    LOL! My, my, my, it must be solicitors everywhere who do this. I've been here over a year and a half, I have no contract, they still have not told me what number of billable hours they expect from me, I still don't a lot of the things you would expect to know when working for a firm. Yes, I asked repeatedly, sat them down for meetings, nothing ever comes of it, so I finally gave up. I think the attitude is, young associate in and out in under 3 years, so why bother. If I stay beyond that, they'll probably fill me in on a little more. :-)

  • At Friday, October 06, 2006 5:19:00 pm, Blogger Dave said…

    I was scared just reading it!

  • At Friday, October 06, 2006 9:02:00 pm, Blogger craziequeen said…

    as a H&S officer I feel I must...



  • At Sunday, October 08, 2006 4:39:00 pm, Blogger Shelli said…

    Good for you, girl. You make them stand up and fly right.

  • At Sunday, October 08, 2006 10:16:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    VV - that's amazng! no contract after a year & a half!

    but in britland, they MUST provide a contract within a month. Plus, I can't even imagine how much money those files are worth! I had a key to the strong room before I had a confidentiality contract! £millions of worth of house & land deeds! They haven't taken up any references, or even checked I live where i said I lived. I could've been anyone!

    A real case of do a s I say, not as i do:-)

  • At Monday, October 09, 2006 7:13:00 am, Blogger Emily said…

    They should be scared. Congrats on getting the contract and hello to a little bit more casheroonie. What happened with the school? Did you send the letter?


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