Why Employment Contracts Should be Provided
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. The employee and the employer has to be in a written agreement, and both have to sign the contract. 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 business operations and also the employee responsibilities can change with time. When changes occur in a business place, the employer and the employee has to ensure that the changes are captured in the written contract and then both parties to sign. 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 are called a common law employment contracts.
It includes the terms and conditions that have been agreed on between the employee and the employer that they both have to abide with so that they can work smoothly. 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. There are also other terms which are necessary to make the contract work.
An example is how the employees are supposed to act in good faith, and the employers have confidence and trust the employees. The contract terms are well highlighted in the contract for both parties to understand.
The employers have to give a written statement to their employee who is a legal requirement highlighting certain particulars of the employment. The contact information include all the personal information between the business and the employee.
The hours that the employee is supposed to work per day is highlighted in the statement and if they have to work during the day or night and if they have to work on the weekends like Sundays and if the employees are paid overtime. If an employee is to go for public holidays, the information is captured in the employment contract.
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.