All employees are entitled to a written statement of their main terms and conditions of employment within two months of starting work.
Note in this context employee is a legal term and not all people in work are employees - check the information on 'employment status' if you are not sure whether
you are an employee.
The minimum contents of a written statement are set out in section 1 of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and so it is often referred to as a ‘section 1 statement’.
An employee is entitled to this statement even if their employment finishes before the two-month period comes to an end, where their employment was expected to last for more than one month and they actually worked for at least one month.
An employee who wants a written statement can request one verbally or in writing. It is advisable to make the request in writing, as this will show proof that it was made, and when.
The statement must give a summary of the main contractual provisions. It is important to remember that the written statement is not ‘the contract’ itself, but merely evidence of what the contract is.
The information which must be given in the written statement includes the following:-
If an employee is refused a statement of terms and conditions of employment then a claim can be made to an Employment Tribunal obliging the employer to provide one.