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Employment Contract, The
What an Employment Contract is
How to change an existing contract
Put together an employee's written statement
Implied terms of an Employment Contract
When you send a new employee abroad
Example Employment Contract

The Employment Contract

Implied terms of an Employment Contract

As well as the terms you actually agree with your employee, an employment contract can include implied terms.

Implied terms include:

  • duty of the employer to provide a secure, safe and healthy environment for employees
  • employee's duty of honesty and loyal service
  • an implied duty of mutual trust and confidence between you and your employees that neither side will act in such a way as to breach that trust
  • a term too obvious to need stating - eg that your employee will not steal from you
  • any terms that are necessary to make the contract workable eg that someone employed as a driver will have a valid driving licence

Some terms and conditions (eg entitlement to enhanced redundancy pay) may become part of the contract through established custom and practice.

The law also imposes some terms automatically, such as the right to paid holidays and the right to receive the national minimum wage.

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