Last checked: 10/03/2020

Terms of employment

Affected by Brexit?

When you hire staff you should provide them with their terms of employment in writing. You should ideally give them their terms of employment on or before the day they start working. In some EU countries (in this case, the 28 EU member states) you have between 1 week and 2 months after the first working day give your new employees their terms of employment.

Your staff contracts or equivalent written statements confirming working conditions – such as letters of commitment – must contain at least the following information, or give a reference to the relevant law:

For annual holidays, length of notice periods, working time and remuneration, you can simply refer your employees to any relevant national/regional laws and administrative provisions.

Some EU countries apply simplified working schemes for staff employed for a maximum of 1 month or fewer than 8 hours per week.

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