: Contracts of Employment

Q: I am starting a new job, should I have a Contract of Employment?

A: All Employees who work for an Employer for a wage or salary have an automatic contract of employment. Although the complete contract does not have to be a written contract, the Terms of Employment (Information) Acts 1994 and 2001 state that the Employee must be given a written statement setting out the terms of his or her employment within two months of their start date.

The contract of employment also includes the following elements, regardless of whether the employer and employee have specified them or not:

The contract can include a probationary/training period but this must be in writing and the duration of the probationary/training period must be for one year or
less.

An Employee cannot take an action against their Employer for unfair dismissal during this period unless the dismissal results from trade union membership or pregnancy related matters.

Changes to your contract of employment

Changes to your contract of employment can occur due to a change in the law, but
otherwise, changes must be consented to between the Employer and the Employee.

The requirement for both the employer's and the employee's consent to changes in
the terms of the contract is part of contract law and is implied in all
contracts of Employment.

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