2. The Written Statement

Getting the Foundation Right - Why Have Contracts? The contract of employment forms the basic foundation upon which the employment relationship is built.

A contract of employment is a legally binding agreement. That means that either party can rely on it and sue the other party if there is a breach of the terms. A serious breach by an employee would allow the company to terminate the contract. A serious breach by the employer would allow the employee to make a claim against the company (e.g. to an employment tribunal). It also means that the contract cannot be changed without the agreement of both parties (but please see

changing terms).

It must be brought to an end by following the terms of the contract, i.e. this...

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A Written Statement of Terms must be provided to an employee (or worker) on or before their first day of employment. There are specific areas to be covered under the Employment Rights Act 1996.

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