The Philp Lee Guide to: Employment Contracts

Posted in : The Employment Law Cheat Sheet (by Philip Lee) on 27 July 2021
Patrick Walshe
Philip Lee
Issues covered: Contacts of Employment; Probation; Contract of service.

What is a contract of employment?

An employment contract is a binding agreement between an employer and an employee which sets out each party’s rights and obligations.

Does an employer have a free hand when drafting the contract?

To a degree – but there are certain mandatory statutory provisions that will override the terms of the contract. For example, an employer is obliged to give a minimum period of notice depending on the length of the employee’s service. A contractual clause that is shorter will be invalid – the employee will be entitled to insist upon the statutory notice period.

What is the difference between a contract of service and a contract for services?

A contract of service

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This article is correct at 27/07/2021

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