Contract of Employment

Contract of Employment

Law

 

Section 1-7 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 (amended by the Employment Act 2002), describes what must be stated in a Contract of Employment. The statement can be divided into two parts – the first part must be included in your contract, the other information can be delivered in instalments, usually within two months of starting the employment and may be included in a staff handbook if they are lengthy documents

The main contract must include:

  • names of the employer and employee
  • date when employment began
  • date on which the employee’s continuous employment began
  • scale or rate of wages or the method of calculating this
  • intervals at which wages are paid - weekly, monthly or other intervals
  • terms and conditions relating to hours of work, including any terms and conditions relating to normal working hours
  • terms and conditions relating to entitlement to holidays, including public holidays and holiday pay
  • job title or a brief description of the type of work the employee is employed to do
  • place of work or an indication that an employee is required or permitted to work at various locations

Information that must be provided within two months of starting your job:

  • terms and conditions relating to incapacity for work due to sickness or injury, including any provision for sick pay
  • terms and conditions relating to pensions and pension schemes
  • length of notice the employee is required to give and receive to terminate the contract
  • where the employment is not intended to be permanent, the length it is intended to last, or the end date if it is for a fixed term
  • where the employee is required to work outside the UK for a period of one month or more, details of the time they are to work abroad, the currency they will be paid in etc.

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