An employment contract forms the initial foundations of any working relationship between an employer and an employee. 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.
If you’re an employee moving into a new position, it’s worth remembering that an employer is required to provide you with a written contract to sign within two months of starting. However, all employees have an employment contract with their employer written or not. Even if you aren’t asked to sign a printed document, you’ll need to ensure you’ve been presented with all the information regarding your employment before accepting a position, including employment conditions, your rights, responsibilities and duties. These are referred to as the terms of your contract. These terms then form the foundation of your employment agreement and must be adhered to for the length of your contract.
The following must all be included in the same document (the ‘principal statement’)
Other terms that can be supplied later but must be no later than 2 months after the beginning of the employment include:
An employee or worker who started their job before April 2020 can ask their employer for written terms that meet the above requirements.
They must still be working with the employer or be within 3 months of their leaving date.
The employer must provide the written terms that meet the above requirements within 1 month.