LRD Booklets September 2009

Contracts of employment - resisting changes

Introduction (878 words)

Minimum rights, such as the entitlement to 5.6 weeks holiday per year, are guaranteed by statute which is legislation in the form of Acts of ...
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1. What makes an employment contract (2,372 words)

A contract is an agreement made between two or more parties that is enforceable in law. Obviously the essential exchange recorded in a contract of ...
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2. Types of employment contract (3,521 words)

The principles outlined in the previous chapter apply to all types of contract that may govern an employment relationship. However, the nature of ...
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3. Written details that must be provided (1,036 words)

Although a contract of employment does not have to be in writing, an employer must provide an employee with certain details of their employment as ...
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4. Terms of the contract (4,778 words)

The contract of employment sets out the rights and obligations of the employee and their employer. These are referred to as the terms and conditions ...
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5. Changes to the contract (2,818 words)

There are a number of reasons why the terms and conditions of a contract of employment might change — a routine example is when an employee ...
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6. Termination of the contract of employment (1,183 words)

A contract of employment can be terminated by either party either with or without notice, depending on the circumstances. ...
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7. Remedies for breach of contract (2,569 words)

If an employer imposes a change to the contract of employment on the employee in breach of contract, the employee will be entitled to bring a claim ...
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8. Constructive dismissal (2,180 words)

A constructive dismissal occurs where an employee terminates their employment in response to conduct by their employer which amounts to a breach of ...
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Checklists (345 words)

1. Is there mutuality (i.e. is the individual obliged to do work/is the organisation obliged to provide ...
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Further information (327 words)

The Labour Research Department publishes a number of guides to the law that examine in greater detail some of the issues raised in this booklet. ...
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