Everything you Need to Know About Employment Contracts

25 July 2022
An employment contract is a legally binding agreement made between an employer and their employee. Whilst most employment contracts are in writing, they can also be verbal contracts. Regardless of what type of contract you receive, it’s important to know what could be covered in your contract of employment, what to do if you have a complaint or a complaint is made against you, and if there’s a breach of contract.
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Here at John Fowlers Solicitors, we’re experienced in helping both employees and employers with their employment contracts. Wondering what you should include in your contracts? Or maybe you need to know what to look out for as an employee? Our team has compiled some useful information on contracts of employment.

What is an Employment Contract?

An employment contract is an agreement between an employer and their employee. The contract should set out the terms of employment including employment rights, responsibilities and duties.

What are the Benefits of Employment Contracts?

A contract of employment can benefit both an employer and the employee. Its purpose is to clearly define the roles and responsibilities of both parties. It should provide clear guidance of what each party is expected to do including details about the role and scope of work, standard of behaviour, responsibilities and duties, and any relevant confidentiality guidelines.

What Should be Included in an Employment Contract?

Generally, you and your employer can agree to any contractual terms. However, you cannot agree to an employment contract that gives you fewer rights than you have under law. An employment contract typically is made up of express terms and implied terms. Express terms are terms that have been explicitly agreed between you and your employer, whilst implied terms are general terms for employers and employees. Below, we have included some examples of express and implied terms…

Express terms: 
  • Your salary, including any overtime and bonus pay
  • Your hours of work
  • Your holiday allowance and pay
  • Information on sick and redundancy pay
  • Details on notice period

Implied terms:

  • Duty of trust 
  • Duty of care 
  • Duty to perform reasonable instructions 

Do you need help drafting your employment contracts? Or perhaps you need help with other employment related documentation? Here at John Fowlers Solicitors, we’re experienced in working with businesses to create contracts of employment, from junior to executive and director positions. 

If you require any further information about employment contracts, please contact Karen Morovic. We’re also experienced in providing representation and legal advice on a range of other employment law matters. 

Speak to an expert:
Karen Morovic 
01206 593433