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What should be included in an employment contract?

An employment contract should include information about the job role; the employee’s and employer’s responsibilities; the employment term; the employee’s compensation and working hours; the employee’s probation period (if any); and details of any sickness, holiday, disciplinary and grievance policies.

The employment contract may also include confidentiality and non-compete clauses which detail how confidential information is treated and any limitations on the employee to prevent them from competing with the employer’s business after termination (e.g. restrictions on soliciting the employer’s customers, employees or suppliers).