Many of your rights at work will depend on what it says in your contract of employment: these are your contractual rights. You'll find information in this section to help you understand the key terms of your employment contract.
Many of the rights and duties that bind both employers and employees are to be found in the contract of employment. They are called terms of the contract.
Some of these terms are express terms - that is they are expressly stated - either orally (for example, at the initial interview) or in writing.
The law states that certain express terms must be put in writing and handed to the employee in the form of a written statement of particulars - this must occur within eight weeks of the individual starting work.
Express terms include:
length of notice required to end the relationship
There are other contractual terms, known as implied terms. These are not expressly stated because they are fairly obvious to both parties to the contract, and/or because they have become normal practice at work, without ever being recorded in writing.
Occasionally the courts will imply a term in a contract of employment where an important term has been left out.
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