What is an employment contract?
An employment contract is an agreement between an employer and an employee which sets out their employment rights, responsibilities and duties.
An employment contract does not have to be in writing. However, everyone is entitled to a written statement of their main employment terms within two months of commencing work.
An employment contract should be prepared as soon as an individual accepts a job offer as if they start work it will show that they accepted their job on the terms that were offered by their employer. Having a written contract is advisable as it can help to avoid disputes between employees and their employers at a later date as it enables employees to understand their rights.
Employers and their employees are tied in to their employment contract until it ends (usually as a result of notice being given) or until the terms have been changed (this can happen as a result of a dispute between employers and their employees).
Terms of an employment contract
Employment contract terms can be of several different types and some terms do not...