Different Types of Employment Contracts
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2 July 2009
There are two most common types of employment contract.
a) The Indefinite Contract:
This is a contract which continues until either party to the
contract gives the required notice to the other. This notice period will be
dictated either by the contract or statute law.
b) The Fixed Term Contract:
This is a contract which stipulates a fixed and definite period
that the contract will run for.
Both of the contracts above can apply to part time and full time
It is however becoming more and more common for employers to
place their employees on what are known as 'non-standard' contracts. These will
include various bespoke terms which will govern the relationship between the
employer and employee and the nature of work to be conducted by the employee.
A common example of this are 'zero hour contracts'. This is when
the contract states that the employee is contracted to work 'zero hours'. In
reality however the employee may be required to work at any time required by the
employer. The benefit of this is that it allows a flexible working arrangement
without the need to state definate periods in the contract which will be
difficult to alter around the business.
Jody Tsigarides is a solicitor who specialises in commercial
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2009-07-05 19:07:04 in Legal Articles