This full time employment contract is designed, as the name suggests, with full time employees in mind. The contract is drafted with a focus on the employer’s interests, and is designed to be sufficiently flexible such that it can be used in a number of different scenarios. The template explains that both the employee and the employer are expected to abide by certain terms and conditions, and in doing so will assist in reducing the likelihood of misunderstandings and disputes in the future.
This employment contract contains all of the basic provisions which you are by law required to comply with. Should you not provide an employee with written terms and conditions of employment, you could face a legal claim and have an award of compensation made against you.
We publish alternative contract documents covering part time employees and fixed term employees.
The template comes in three versions: a basic version, a standard version and a premium version.
Basic full time employment contract
A simple employment contract to be used in the employment of junior, administrative or non-strategic staff. You could, for example, use this contract for junior office staff, or employees that undertake routine tasks for you such as providing secretarial support or general office activities.
As it is designed to be used for junior employees, this employee contract does not contain the type of employer protection provisions that you would expect to see in a contract for a more senior employee such as expenses, benefits (such as PHI, medical insurance, life assurance), bonus, company car or car allowance, garden leave, post termination restrictions and effect of termination.
Standard full time employment contract
A full employment agreement which should be used for mid-level employees or employees who are paid more or are of greater importance to the business than junior or administrative staff. This employment agreement could be used for middle management employees or employees that may not be critical to the ongoing success of the business, but are still more important than junior or administrative employees.
This template deals with the provision of insured benefits (such as medical insurance) and the payment of bonuses which may be more relevant to mid-level employees. Also, this template deals with intellectual property and can be used if the employee undertakes creative activities for the business. Although more detailed than the basic employment contract, this agreement template is less detailed than the premium employment contract. For example, there is no provision at all for restrictions on the activities of the employee post-termination of employment.
Premium full time employment contract
A detailed contract of employment template which should be used for senior employees or employees who are of strategic significance to the business. A contract of employment of this type could be used for a sales manager, an employee with responsibility for a regional area or an employee with responsibility for a particular product or service.
Senior or key employees are often essential for the ongoing success of a business, and as a result, this contract of employment is long and detailed. In creating this contract consideration has been given to protecting the interests of the employer, and ensuring that there is compliance with the law and best practice. The contract covers key areas where there is often dispute such as the employee’s duties, the use of confidential information and the way in which insured benefits such as permanent health insurance and medical insurance are provided.
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If this employment agreement is to be used for the appointment of a new employee, we also provide an offer letter
template which can be used in conjunction with this employment agreement.
This contract template should not be used for statutory directors of the company - if you are looking for director's contract, see our director's service contract template.