Employment contracts

  1. Look for samples of written statements and contracts: contact Acas or your trade association, or ask similar businesses you know.
  2. Decide the basic terms for the written statement: for example, pay, working hours, holidays and notice periods.
  3. Decide whether the job is permanent and whether you want to include a probationary period.
  4. Consider which areas may need flexibility, for example, the employee's job title and role, and place of work.
  5. Clarify any areas which you want to be non-contractual, such as discretionary bonuses.
  6. Draw up the written statement; ensure that you have included all the legally required information.

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