- The name of the employer and employee and the employee’s job title;
- The date that employment began;
- Details about pay and the frequency of payment;
- Holiday entitlement.
It is a common misconception that the contract of employment is the document that employees must receive within 2 months of commencement of their employment. Whilst this document, known as a statement of main terms, makes up part of the contract of employment, it is not the only element of a contract. In reality, the contract of employment is a notional concept, rather than one tangible document, that encompasses several different elements. This can include an employee handbook, policies, memos, letters etc. The ‘statement of main terms’ (SMT) is generally the main document that sets out the terms and conditions governing an employee’s employment. The Employment Rights Act 1996 requires that the employer gives this document to the employee within 2 months of the start of employment. The law also stipulates certain pieces of information that must be included in that document. A long list is given of the required information, and this includes, amongst other things: