Minimum Requirements for an employment contract

I had previously drawn to your attention that employment contracts needed to be reviewed every 3 years – things change. If your staff don’t have a contract or if you just looking to review your documentation set out below are minimum  conditions that must included in a contract

  • the employer’s name
  • the employee’s or worker’s name, job title or a description of work and start date
  • how much and how often an employee or worker will get paid
  • hours and days of work and if and how they may vary (also if employees or workers will have to work Sundaysnights or overtime)
  • holiday entitlement (and if that includes public holidays)
  • where an employee or worker will be working and whether they might have to relocate
  • if an employee or worker works in different places, where these will be and what the employer’s address is
  • how long a job is expected to last (and what the end date is if it’s a fixed-term contract)
  • how long any probation period is and what its conditions are
  • any other benefits (for example, childcare vouchers and lunch)
  • obligatory training, whether or not this is paid for by the employer
  • sick pay and procedures
  • other paid leave (for example, maternity leave and paternity leave)
  • notice periods

I would also recommend that you include a clauses relating to

  • confidentiality
  • social media
  • disciplinary
  • grievance and training

For help and advice in drafting or updating contracts please contact me at
M Newman