The employment contract is the most important document in the employment relationship because it contains (or should contain) all the essential details of the employer and the employee’s rights and obligations to each other. Getting it right first time matters, not least since once it has been agreed with the employee, any changes will require the employee’s agreement to be legally valid.
A well-written employment contract, together with the guidance provided by elXtr, should also help to protect you, as an employer, from unintended legal consequences; for example, where employment law interprets contracts to mean something other than what the employer may have intended. This can happen where, in spite of the words that the employer and employee have agreed on an aspect of their relationship, employment legislation overrides and contradicts those words to either render them invalid or even to imply other terms into them.
Having a written employment contract is highly recommended and you’ll find our templates below. (In theory, you can agree an employment contract without writing it down, but if queries later arise around what was agreed, it can be difficult to enforce the interpretation of the relationship that you intended, especially if the employee disagrees with your understanding of what you both agreed.)
We recommend using our guides as your starting point and to set helpful context for the way in which the templates and other documents can be used. If you’re ever unsure about how to use any of our materials, just get in touch on the contact details below.
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