Even if it is just a verbal agreement a contract still exists. An employment contract gives both parties certain rights and obligations.
Providing a written employment contract that outlines the full terms and conditions of employment protects employers from potential disputes, claims, and tribunals. We also recommend that any contracts between employers and employees are signed by both parties. This shows that both the employer and employee have read and understood the conditions of employment. Employers should always make sure that their employees understand which parts of their contract are legally binding.
Contract terms can include:
Implied terms may have been missed in a written employment contract or handbook but would be considered by a court / tribunal to have been intended to be added to the contract. Examples of implied terms for an employee could be a willingness to work, not stealing from the company or acting in good faith. Common implied terms for employers could be paying wages, reimbursing expenses, and treating employees with trust and confidence. You can agree whatever terms you want but you cannot agree to terms that give you fewer rights than you have under law. Some implied terms can be implied by custom and practice.
Under the Employment Rights Act of 1996 there are a number of statutory minimum requirements that an employer must include in their written statements within 2 months of starting work. These include:
Additionally, information on the following should be added to the statement or be available elsewhere including:
Jarmans team of experienced employment solicitors are here to guide you through every step of the contract process. There are many changes coming in to force in April 2020. Contact our dedicated department to discuss your employment law needs.
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