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Helpful Advice on Employment Contracts

According to the GOV website“All employees have an employment contract with their employer.” 

A contract is an agreement that sets out an employee’s:

  • employment conditions
  • rights
  • responsibilities
  • duties

Employees and employers must stick to a contract until it ends by an employer or employee giving notice or an employee being dismissed. 

Please Note!

An employment contract does NOT have to be written down – as soon as someone accepts a job offer, they have a contract with their employer. 

However, an employer must give employees a document stating the main conditions of employment when they start work. This is known as a ‘written statement of employment particulars’, but is not an employment contract.

We advise that you ask your employer for either a ‘written statement of employment particulars’ or a contract. 

If an employee has a problem receiving their written statement, they can:

  1. Try to solve the problem with their employer informally.
  2. If this does not work, take out a grievance against their employer (employers can also get advice about handling grievances).
  3. Take a case to an employment tribunal as a last resort.

In a nutshell, you have a contract once you accept a job, but it does not need to be written down. A ‘written statement of employment particulars’ does!

For further reading, please refer to the GOV website.

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