Benefits of Employment Contracts
The relationship that exists between the person employed and the employer is contained in a contract. We also have tribunal courts that will look into cases that occur as a result of the contracts being followed. The practice of the employer and the employee signing a contract of agreement is a most common practice. These agreements are usually put in writing by the employer incorporating the terms and both the employer and employee have to mutually agree with the standard form, or with the negotiated terms that exist between both parties. A verbal agreement between both the parties is not the best way as the terms of work and conditions can change with time and if it is a verbal agreement sometimes the changes cannot be captured.
The operations of businesses can change, and if this happens, the information has to be captured into the contract. The changes might fail to be integrated into the verbal or even the written contract which leaves both the employer and the employee exposed to the uncertainty and legal exposures. When there is a written contract the terms of employment are clearly and unmistakably highlighted to ensure that both parties are quite aware and understand their main responsibilities, obligations and duties under the contract of agreement. Both the employer and the employee have to sign the contract so that it can be in operation. The contracts of employment also referred to as the common law contracts consists of the following.
It has the agreed terms between the employee and the employer. There are terms and conditions which are set by legislation, which includes the national minimum wage and the minimum number of the paid holidays that the employee is entitled to in each year and all this is included in the contract of employment.
There are employment laws that are supposed by law to be included in the contract agreement, these are also included. There are also other terms which are necessary to make the contract work.
There are also other terms which might seem obvious when mentioned. The terms are written to express the agreement terms on both parties and then there are others that are implied into the agreement.
There has to be a written contract between the employer and the employee before the employer starts to work for the employee. The statement can be contained in more than one document, and it highlights the following information, the business address, and name, the employees name, the job description and title of the work they will be doing and the commencement date.
It also highlights how much, and how often and how an employee will be paid. It should also include if the employee is entitled to holiday entitlement, and this includes the public holidays.
It includes where the employee will work, and whether he or she will have to travel for work assignments in other areas and if they are paid and also if the employee will work in different places and if yes where.