An employment contract forms the initial foundations of any working relationship between an employer and an employee. Also, employers can have awards against them if they fail to issue at least a basic written employment contract. Even if a written contract isn’t drafted, printed and signed, a contract begins as soon as an offer of employment is accepted by an individual. Generally speaking, when an employee begins working for an employer, this means they accept the terms and conditions offered by an employer.
Even without a contract, any employee has the same legal rights, as determined by employment law. As such, so long as an employee can prove they are a member of staff, they can still make various claims, regardless of whether or not their rights are detailed in an existing contract.
As an employer, it’s important that you take careful thought and consideration to introducing terms that best protect your business.
The Following must all be included in the same document (the ‘principal statement’)
Other terms that can be supplied later but must be not later than 2 months after the beginning of the employment include: