At F Smith & Son, we are no strangers to the practice of employee relocation.
F Smith and Son are familiar with the subtle differences in process when booking a removals company, where the employer is paying for the move.
We have undertaken many employee relocation contracts during our 75+ years in business, which have ranged from small moves for NHS staff, (from one hospital to another within the UK) to relocating family homes throughout Europe.
It is not unusual for employment contracts to include a mobility clause, which requires employees to relocate if the business moves to a different town, county or country. In some cases, the contract will state that the employer will pay the removals costs but, even if such a statement is not in the contract, most employers are willing to negotiate.
Whether or not the employer is paying for the move, most of the removals process remains the same. It is still important to start preparing early, (see Preparation for Your House Move) but there is an additional part of the process that needs to be completed before the work starts.
If the employer is paying for the move, there needs to be agreement as to who pays the removals company directly. This is an important issue as it affects contractual obligations, so the removals company will need to know from the start.
F Smith & Son has always tried to make moving home as hassle-free as possible for our customers, so based on our extensive experience, we believe it is easier and less stressful if the employee pays the removals company and recovers the cost from the employer.
This approach will help to avoid stress on moving day by, for example, eliminating the need for communication between the removals company and the employer if there is a late handover of keys or other delay.