Contract of Employment
Employment Contract templates for full-time or part-time employees, permanent or temporary staff, casual contracts, relief contracts, zero hours contracts, short-term contracts, contracts of indefinite duration, agency contracts, fixed-term contracts, specific-purpose contracts, executive contracts or independent contractor contracts
Are you looking for a Contract of Employment template for your employees and new hires?
Do you need to review your contracts of employment with existing staff and bring them up-to-date with current employment legislation and best-practice?
Do you need to update your contract template for all new hires?
We have a variety of contract templates which can be easily and quickly adapted for your organisation.
The Contract of Employment
All employees are legally entitled to a written statement of their employment agreement within two months of commencement of employment.
Do you meet the minimum level of compliance required of you as an employer by having a contract of employment in place with all your employees?
Is the contract comprehensive and up-to-date?
Are your employment contracts reviewed or amended at least on an annual basis?
You must provide clarity to your employees on the terms and conditions of their employment. The contract should clarify the relationship between the employer and employee in all areas.
the contract will protect your company in the event of disputes or issues with employees.
It will protect your company in the event of employee litigation or labourt Court hearings.
It is also essentail to have in place to pass a NERA inspection.
Employment Agreement Required By Law
There are as many as 50 clauses which we recommend for inclusion in a contract of employment, ranging from clauses that are required by law to those that are highly recommended based on recent case law and disputes with employees.
Terms of Employment (Information) Act, 1994
The Terms of Employment (Information) Act stipulate that an employer must provide a written statement of terms and conditions to employees covering the following:
Full name of employer
Full name of employee
The address of the employer
The place of work (if there is no permanent place of work, a statement specifying that the employee is required or permitted to work at various places)
Appointment/job role - The title or description of the job or the nature of the work for which the employee is employed (duties should always be described in an inclusive manner and include a general clause for example that the employee will, in addition, be expected to carry out any reasonable requests of the employer
The date of commencement of the contract
The rate of pay, the method of calculation and the frequency of payment (this clause should also include provisions on any permissible deductions in accordance with the Payment of Wages Act, 1991
The period of notice required from each party to terminate the contract
The terms and conditions applicable to sick pay, if any
The terms and conditions applicable to pension schemes, if any
The terms and conditions relating to paid leave if any
Reference should be made to any collective agreement affecting the terms of the contract, whether or not the employer is a party to the agreement, including information about the institutions or organisations which drew up any Collective Agreement which affects the terms of the contract to which the employer is not a party
An Employee Working Abroad is also entitled to details of the following:
The period of employment outside the State
The currency in which they will be paid
Any other benefits in kind or cash that will be provided
The terms and conditions applicable on the employee's return home
Terms and Conditions of Employment That are Not Explicitly Required by Law but Which Are Highly Recommended
There are certain terms and conditions of employment that are not required by law but should be expressly included. For example:
Flexibility with regard to Location of Work / Mobility Requirement / Changes in job role
Probationary Period and Probation Policy
Hours of work / additional hours / overtime / shift liability / weekend liability / night work liability / public holiday liability / various provisions to cover rosters / zero hours / guaranteed hours / casual hours, etc.
Basic pay, shift premiums, overtime, additional hours, performance related bonuses, medical insurance, death in service, pension, PHI, other benefits
Deductions form pay
Absence Management, Sick Leave and Sick Pay, Medical examination
Holidays, public holidays, all other forms of leave
Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures
Phone and Mobile Phone Usage
Quiet-time, Lay-Offs or Short-Time
Health and Safety
Non - Smoking
Changes in Personal Details
Right to Inspect / Search
Drugs & Alcohol Policy / Right to Test for Intoxicants
Training and Courses
Company Rules and Regulations
Bullying and Harassment / Respect and Dignity at Work
Restraint of Trade / Non Solicitation / Post-Termination Restrictions
Conflict of Interest
Internet, Email & Social Media Usage
Reimbursement of Travel & Expenses
Use of Company Vehicles
Use of own vehicles for work
Intellectual Property Rights
Notice and termination of contract provisions including garden leave
Approval to work in ROI
Changes in terms and conditions of employment / contract conditions
Acceptance of terms
Suspension without pay
Other employment / double employment
Break and rest periods / exemption provision for employer for recording breaks
Organisation of Working Time Act
Return of company property
Public/media or social media comments
Fixed-term / specific purpose provisions
Too often employers find themselves in disputes (often times expensive ones) with employees which could have been avoided through a well-written, well thought-through, employment contract.
Contact us for further information, to obtain a FREE audit of your current employment agreement or to obtain a quote for a contract of employment for your business.
We have contract templates to suit all employee types / situations.
For small/start-up businesses we have a 'start-up' contract of employment and otherwise we have a comprehensive, robust, up-to-date contract of employment with all the latest provisions and about 50 different clauses.
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