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Help for small firms

The new employee's contract: A step-by-step guide

Be prepared: The start of a legal relationship

You've decided who you want to employ. When you write offering them the job, it is worth including their key terms and conditions of employment such as job title and pay.

But remember once they have accepted your offer, you have entered into a legal arrangement, in effect a contract of employment. And some of their employment rights will begin as soon as they start work with you.

In offering the job, you do not have to put down in writing all of their terms and conditions of employment, but you will have to do this within two months of them starting work with you. And the sooner you do this the better.

Follow the guidelines and steps below. They explain what to do and how to do it.

This tool is aimed at small firms, and line and team managers in larger organisations.

Acas training

If you're new to HR or employing people you can also sign up for our HR for Beginners training. It's specially tailored to help small firms get their recruitment, contracts, and managing people's performance right. See Human resources management for beginners course dates and locations.

Acas also has a full range of other training courses on hiring, managing and getting the best from staff.