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Myth 1 - Employment Contracts

Myth:

No employment contract exists if there is nothing in writing or signed.

Fact:

Even verbal agreements are binding. An employment contract exists from the moment a job offer is accepted. An employer should within four weeks of an employee starting work, issue a written statement of terms and conditions of employment. Even if this document has never been issued a binding employment contract still exists.

The written statement does not have to be signed so if an employer issues one but the employee does not sign it, the employer and the employee are still be bound by the terms stated in it.

If there is a disagreement about the terms an employee must protest, advisably in writing, directly to the employer.