What is a valid contract? What makes a contract valid? Does a written contract make a verbal one invalid? Is it obsolete? I have not signed or dated a contract that was given to me. A contract was written for me when I joined an industrial union.

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 7 December 2010
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There is no requirement to put in place a written contract between an employer and an employee. However, the Terms of Employment (Information) Act, 1994 requires employers to provide certain information in writing to their employees, not later than two months after the commencement of employment, including the place of work, title or nature of the role, duration of the arrangement (if appropriate), remuneration, rest periods, etc.

It is preferable but not absolutely necessary for the employee to sign this document, although, in practice, the requisite information is usually contained within a written contract which is signed and dated by both parties. What creates the contract between the

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