Have You Read Your Employment Contract?
Stop. Put that pen down. Have you even read that contract you are about to sign?
You might be surprised to learn employment contracts do not have to be written down. (Are you reminded of the great film producer Samuel Goldwyn’s observation: “A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it is written on”?) However, if an employment contract lasts for a month or longer, the employer must give the employee a ‘written statement of employment particulars’. This document is not the employment contract but includes the main conditions of employment, such as a description of the work involved, the start date and how much the employee will be paid. The employment contract, on the other hand, sets out an employee’s employment conditions, rights, responsibilities and duties.