An employment contract details the terms and conditions of employment, as well as the responsibilities and rights of you and your employer. This document is required by law to be given to you no later than two months from the first day of employment, but ideally on your first day with an employer.

The Purpose

The purpose of an employment contract is to ensure that both you and your employer have a clear understanding of what is expected during the term of employment.

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What Are The Most Important Employment Contract Requirements

An employment contract can contain any number of terms and conditions to which both an employer and you, the employee agree. However, there are some elements of an employment contract which hold more importance than others.

Every employer is required to comply with basic employment law. But what items should you ensure are included in your employment contract before you sign?

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