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Teresa Skinner - Corporate Solicitor
Contracts of Employment
By Kayley Wilson

Contracts of employment

Key points

  • A contract of employment is an agreement between an employer and employee and is the basis of the employment relationship.
  • A contract ‘starts’ as soon as an offer of employment is accepted. Starting work proves that you accept the terms and conditions offered by the employer.
  • Most employees are legally entitled to a Written Statement of the main terms and conditions of employment within two calendar months of starting work. This should include details of things like pay, holidays and working hours.
  • An existing contract of employment can be varied only with the agreement of both parties.
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