So what is a contract, bin the jargon and the fluff, simply put it’s an agreement, it can be made in writing or verbally, but it basically says “I the employer will give you this work, if you do this work, I will give you this amount of cash”.
What we put in writing is the terms of this agreement such as when you get paid, hours of work and things like that – this is what we commonly refer to as the contract, but in legal terms its referred to as the written statement of terms and conditions.
Under UK law it is very clear as what must be covered in any standard contract of employment – written statement.
A written statement can be made up of more than one document (if the employer gives employees different sections of their statement at different times). If this does happen, one of the documents (called the ‘principal statement’) must include as a minimum:
As well as the principal statement, a written statement must also contain information about:
These terms are common place and should be familiar to most people and included as a minimum in any contract.
The following do not need to be included, and with good reason.
Remember anything you write in a contract must be abided to by both parties. For example, in your contract you give lost of details of your disciplinary procedure. But, in one case you do not follow the process….this could then lead to the employee claiming breach of contract as you did not follow the agreed process.