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What Every Employee Needs To Know About Employment Contracts

by Chethan G

An employment contract or agreement of employment is an arrangement, generally written, between employers and employees that set out all the legal obligations between the two parties.
Such arrangements are usually drawn up by a person or organisation called the employer and/or the employee, usually referred to as an employee representative. The arrangement must include all the terms and conditions that will be set out in the agreement of employment. It is this agreement that you must read carefully when you sign it – if any clauses seem ambiguous, then they should not be included. It is important that your understanding of the agreement of employment not be limited to the document itself; you should also have access to a version for you to review before signing. In the event that the employer and employee cannot agree on some aspects of the agreement of employment, they can try mediation and arbitration. The term refers to an agreement between a company, or the employer and an employee, whereby the employee has specific work rights and other rights that are attached to his or her job. These rights can include minimum wage levels, holiday pay, maternity leave and sick pay. In some cases, an agreement of employment may be drawn up in relation to some particular activity. This includes the terms on which the employee can take part in sporting activities or voluntary work.

This type of agreement has become commonplace in almost every workplace, but there are still some areas where this can be considered to be inappropriate. The main reason why such arrangements should not be used is because there is always the potential for abuse. For instance, some employees, especially those who are particularly vulnerable, could easily be manipulated into signing the agreement without fully appreciating its implications. Other employees might find that the arrangement of employment is not a good match for them. If there is an issue, then there are certain measures that should be taken. An employee should not be forced to sign an employment contract. They should always have the freedom to refuse the contract if they feel that they have been pressured or misled in any way. If they think that there has been any breach of their rights, then they should bring it to the attention of the employer and/or their employer’s legal team.

Any contract should contain a clause which says that it can only be entered into if the agreement of employment was agreed by both parties. The most common clause to do this is the ‘sole
agreement’ clause. However, it should also state that it cannot be changed unless the parties agree again. This is why it is important that the employee representative knows exactly what their employment rights are at the time of entering the contract. The legal system in the UK is highly complex and there is a lot of detail that cannot be explained in a few minutes. If an employee feels that they have been misled in any way by the employer, then they should be able to bring this to the attention of their legal team and ask for a fresh look at the contract. The key to any agreement of employment being effective is that everyone is aware of their responsibilities and rights. This means that no-one person is the final arbiter. The employer and/or the employee should come to an agreement. This should be clearly outlined in the contract.

If the employer does not like the idea of their employment agreement being altered, they should  always be able to tell their legal representatives that they do not agree. Any attempts by the
employee to argue against this should be done without showing any restraint. In some cases, the employees might be able to stop the company from altering their contract by filing claims for
breach of the statutory rights. within the contract. However, this would be an extremely complicated and lengthy process.

If the employee’s contract is altered in any way, then they should always be able to bring this to the attention of their legal representatives so that they can be told how to challenge any alterations. in the future. This could mean that if there is an employee who is unhappy with how a clause is worded, then they can take it to court and argue that it breaches their rights as an employee. The main reason why an employee should never have to sign anything that they do not agree with is because they might not always be in a position to know what is best for them. Therefore, they should make sure that they are properly represented and informed about what the contract says. It is always better for everyone involved that they be told of their rights so that they can be prepared to fight for their rights when the time comes.

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