Employment contract

Author: Partena Professional (Legal expertise)
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Entering into an employment contract

Every time you take on a new team member, you are legally required to enter into an employment contract with them. Partena Professional is happy to explain the how and why.

Three good reasons for employment contracts

With an employment contract:

  • your employee(s) undertake to perform their tasks well and in good conscience;
  • you guarantee your employee a mutually agreed salary;
  • your relationship with your employee is transparent from day one.

The employment contract from A to Z

The employment contract is a unique document that is printed and signed in duplicate. It contains:

  • your employee's identifying details;
  • the start date of the employment contract;
  • the duration of the employment contract: permanent, fixed-term or for a clearly defined assignment'
  • the nature of the work: largely physical (blue-collar) or intellectual (white-collar) – bear in mind the 'unity statute' that was introduced on 1 January 2014!
  • the place of work and the roster: there are different kinds of rosters you can use to run your business as smoothly as possible (e.g., flexible, night work, Sunday work, shift work)
  • number of working hours: employment contract for a full-time or part-time job (the legal maximum is 8 hours a day or 38 hours a week - yearly average)
  • salary and extra-legal benefits
  • provisions in the event of the terms of the employment contract being breached
  • supplementary provisions, specific to your company

Note: for a temporary replacement, a sudden peak or a one-off assignment you can create a contract for temp work (via a temping agency) or a temporary employment contract.

Other social documents

In addition to a complete employment contract signed by both parties, there are other documents required when you hire someone:

  • Dimona declaration: this is used to inform the social security services when an employee enters or leaves employment.
  • employment regulations: with these you establish the rights and obligations of the employer and employee.
  • staff register and individual account 
  • employment certificate or C4 form: this is used by your employee to request unemployment benefits when their employment contract expires.

Do you have a question about employment contracts? Need help drawing up an employment contract? Contact Partena Professional today!

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