An employment contract is there for you to read and read again carefully. We all know how exciting getting a job is but careful not being carried away too much. Bear in mind all aspects of the job that you need to know before agreeing. An employment contract is a document, which lets you know the perks and drawbacks of your job. Will your employer pay you while you are on holidays? What is the pay interval? Your employment contract should have all the answers. If it doesn’t it is your right to demand them.
Names and Addresses
An employment contract includes the names and addresses of the two parties. Also look for the indication of workplace location. If the job requires working in different places, the contract should specify all the addresses and conditions related to that as well.
Dates are another minor but essential elements of the contract. A mention of the start date of employment is a must. In case the contract is temporary, it should specify when it is going to end. If needed, the contract should also include details and terms regarding possible extension, termination or reduction of the employment period.
Job Title and Details
An employment contract should clearly state the title, duties, and requirements of your job, along with the employment hours. This part should be detailed and straightforward enough, leaving no doubt on behalf of the potential employee. If the work requires a trial period, the employer has to mention its duration. It is worth noting that, if necessary, a trial period can be extended by the employer after discussing it with the employee.
An employment contract should include your agreed-on salary, along with the interval of its payment. If relevant, it should also specify other types of remuneration such as pension contribution, lodging, etc. The contract should also include payment method (salary, hourly, commission). If the company uses commission, the employment contract should also include details such as percentages.
Leaves and Holidays
This section should detail the number of holidays per year that an employee can take, and if a bank or public holidays count as well. Look for the mention of available leaves (annual leave, maternity leave). The employment contract should clarify whether the employer will pay you while you are on holiday. This section of an employment contract is the most flexible as you have higher chances to negotiate and modify it.
Other Elements of an Employment Contract
- The notice period of employer and employee.
- Mention of collective agreements, which might affect you. In case a party outside of the company makes these decisions, an employment contract should identify them as well.
- Notice about disciplinary, grievance and dismissal rules and procedures and where you can find relevant information about those.
Now, that you know all the elements of an employment contract no employer can fool you! Reading carefully and double-checking is key. It is much more exciting to land a job while fully knowing your rights and obligations, isn’t it?