Benefits of Employment Contracts
The relationship that exists between the person employed and the employer is contained in a contract. This has caused some disagreements, and this is why we have the tribunal claims. It is a common practice for both the employer and the employee to enter into a signed contract so that they can each understand the terms and the conditions that both parties have to abide with. 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.
The laws that are required by the law to be in employment contracts are also included. An example is when the employee is working as a driver, where the contract highlights that he must have a valid driving license for the class of vehicle the employee will be driving.
There should be a mutual working understanding between the employee and the employer. The terms are written to express the agreement terms on both parties and then there are others that are implied into the agreement.
Employers are supposed to give the contracts to their employees. The contract document contains information like the business address, the Business name, a name of the employee, the job description, work title and other information.
It also highlights how much, and how often and how an employee will be paid. All the holidays are that the employee is entitled to are highlighted.
If an employee will at some point be required to travel somewhere for employment this is captured in the contract and also the nrservice they are to offer to the employer.
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