This article first appeared in the Wicklow and Bray People on 5 February 2020.
When you start a new position, it’s important at the outset to understand the details of your new role. A clear contract is key to a successful working relationship between you and your employer.
When you receive your contract, you should take the time to read it carefully, and be aware of what it is legally required to contain. In this article, we cover some of the fundamental elements when it comes to the terms of your employment.
By law, you must receive a written statement of five core terms within five days of starting your new role. These are:
Employers can face legal consequences if they don’t provide you with this.
Your employer is legally required to then provide you with a written statement of the remaining terms and conditions of employment within two months of your start date.
Some employers may also include provisions that would prevent ex-employees from starting a competing business or joining a competitor.
There may also be stipulations around confidentiality agreements, social media policies, privacy, ownership of intellectual property and the use of company technology.
Your employer must sign and date the statement of terms, but there is no requirement for you, as the employee, to sign it. You should address any questions or concerns about your contract with your employer up front to save yourself difficulties down the road.
As we all know there have been significant changes that have altered the working environment since the on-set of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Many businesses have had to radically change core features of their staff’s employment contracts, such as location (move to remote or hybrid working), pay cuts or reduction in working hours.
However, it’s important to be aware that companies need consent from their employees to make any changes to employment contracts – regardless of how big or small. Should they alter fundamental aspects of the employment contract without consent, they could face legal challenges.
Article by: Marie Hynes, Associate Solicitor at Augustus Cullen Law Solicitors. Augustus Cullen Law is based at 7 Wentworth Place, Wicklow. If you would like more information on this topic, call +353 404 67412 or email firstname.lastname@example.org