Standard employment contract - senior staff

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What's an employment contract, and when do you need it?

This template is for a standard employment situation and can be adapted for most employee hires. It’s drafted on the basis that your business is the employer (if another business within your same group is the employer, this agreement will not contain the right terms. Let us know if this is the case and we will help you obtain the right template as a starting point.)

Employment contracts are pretty detailed agreements. You'll find they contain a number of factors on which you may want to take legal advice, or get more background detail, such as your pension obligations as an employer and the options available to you, whether you want to grant share options as part of the deal, how you want to handle conflicts of interest, or which restrictive covenants to include (these limitations constrain an employee’s activities for a specified time frame after they may have left your business), what happens if you include a garden leave period or you want to have the option to offer the employee payment instead of making them work their notice period... Probation periods, holidays, sick pay, benefits and other allowances are all covered here, along with helpful guidance to assist you in making logical choices for your particular circumstances.

You’ll automatically have a verbal contract between you and your employee the second that they accept your job offer. By law, within 2 months of them starting work for you, you must give every employee a written statement setting out the key aspects of their engagement by you. You can find out more about what this entails, and why you should have a decent employment contract in place, in our guide to why you need more than just an employment contract.