An employment contract is a type of contract in which an employee undertakes to perform work for an employer in return for remuneration. The duration of an employment contract can be either fixed or open-ended.
Does an Employment Contract Have to Be in Written Format?
No, an employment contract does not have to be in writing. However, it is recommended to have a written copy for administrative purposes and to protect both employee and employer.
What Is Included in an Employment Contract?
Here are several elements commonly included in an employment contract.
- Company name
- Employee personal details: last name, first name, address, email, phone number
- Duration of the employment contract with start and end dates, if applicable
- Duration of the probation period, if applicable
- Job title
- Working conditions, including compensation, benefits and any other relevant information
- Work schedule
- The employee’s responsibilities and duties
- Any other specific clauses: non-competition, NDA, etc.
Here is a free downloadable employment contract template.