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On August 4, 2016

DOES A CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT HAVE TO BE IN WRITING?

A contract of employment does not need to be in writing. It can be verbal or written. An employee is, however, entitled at the very least to a “written statement of particulars” of the terms of employment after being employed for 2 months, assuming there is no contract of employment. The written statement of particulars is not a contract as such, but what it needs to set out includes the following: –

  • job title
  • commencement of employment
  • pay
  • hours of work
  • holidays
  • place of work.

A written statement does not need to include the following details (although it does need to state where these can be found): –

  • sick pay and procedures
  • disciplinary process
  • grievance procedure.

If no written statement of particulars has been provided, the employee may apply to the Employment Tribunal who will determine what those particulars should be.

If you need advice on contracts of employment, whether as an employee or an employer, then contact us for a FREE initial consultation on 01425 275555 or FREEPHONE 0800 083 2755 or email info@simpkinsand.co.uk.

We are specialists in Employment Law and are accredited members of the Employment Lawyers Association.

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