Monday, January 11, 2010

Do i have a Contract of Employment?

Yes. Every employee has a contract of employment. It can be a formal document, a letter of appointment or a company-union handbook or agreement. Equally, it can be an oral agreement between the employee and the employer. In most cases, a contract of employment is a mixture of all these elements. Sometimes employees are heard to say, ‘I have no contract of employment’. What they really mean is that they have no written contract of employment. Such a statement might also mean that their employer was in breach of the Terms Of Employment (Information) Acts, 1994-2001.

The Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994 and 2001 provide that an employer is obliged to provide an employee with a written statement of terms of employment within the first two months of the commencement of employment.

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