An employment contract is an agreement between the employer and the employee, whereby the employee agrees to work under the employer’s direction and supervision in return for remuneration.
Even though an oral contract is binding, it is always a good idea to set out the terms and conditions in writing, as it is easier to settle any disputes when you can show what was originally agreed. An employer must anyway give the employee a written account of the terms and conditions of employment when the employment contract has not been made in writing.
An employer who deliberately withholds or otherwise fails to give the employee a written account of the key terms and conditions of employment is infringing the Employment Contracts Act.
An employment contract may specify a trial period continuing for no more than the first six months of employment. A trial period in temporary employment may continue for no longer than half of the agreed employment period. The trial period may be prolonged by one month if the employee has been absent from work for 30 days due to illness or family leave.
Although both the employer and the employee may terminate an employment contract without notice during a trial period, the employer must have proper and objective grounds for doing so.