Commentary

158 The desirability of having a written employment contract

BUSINESSES vol 4(2) start-up, sale and purchase
| Commentary

158 The desirability of having a written employment contract

| Commentary

4: EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS AND OTHER DOCUMENTATION

158 The desirability of having a written employment contract

There is no general requirement under English law that a contract of employment be in writing1. There are, however, several practical reasons why a written employment contract may prove convenient for both employer and employee.

First of all, the employer has a duty under the Employment Rights Act 1996 to provide an employee2, within two months of his commencing work, with a written statement of certain terms of employment3. If the employer fails to furnish the statement within the prescribed period, this does not in any way

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