Know Your Rights: Contracts Of Employment

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Know Your Rights has been compiled by Kerry Citizens Information Service which provides a free and confidential service to the public…

Question: I’m starting a new job. I heard that there are changes to the rules about terms of employment for new employees. What are they? 

Answer: Your employer must provide you with a written statement of your terms of employment in writing within two months of starting a new position.

These terms set out specific details of the employment relationship and include information like your place of work, job title, start date and working hours.

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Under the new Employment (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2018, from 4 March 2019, your employer must give you five core terms of your employment within five days of starting your new job. These core terms are:

• The full names of the employer and the employee
• The address of the employer
• The duration of the contract (where the contract is temporary or fixed-term)
• The rate or method of calculation of the employee’s pay
• What the employer reasonably expects the normal length of your working day and week to be, on a daily and weekly basis (for example, five hours per day, three days per week)

Your employer must provide these terms to you in writing. The remaining terms of employment must also be provided in writing within two months.

All written statements must be signed and dated by your employer and they must keep a copy on file for one year.

Employers face serious penalties if they do not comply. You can find a sample 5 day statement of terms of employment (pdf) on

Further information is available from the Citizens Information Centre below.

• Contact us in Tralee on Tel: 0761 07 7860 Killarney 0761 07 7820, Listowel 0761 07 7840 Kenmare 0761 07 7810, & Caherciveen 0761 07 7780. Outreach Services; Killorglin weekly, Dingle monthly, please call Tralee for more information.

Information is also available online at and from the Citizens Information Phone Service, 0761 07 4000

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