In order to safeguard all your rights as an employee, you should make sure:
- You have a written employment contract. It is easier to resolve any disagreements or disputes if you have all the terms in writing.
- You have read all the terms mentioned in your contract. You are legally bound to comply with the terms after signing it. These terms decide your role and responsibility with the new employer. If you want your employer to add or modify anything in the terms of your contract, you must discuss it before signing the agreement.
It is not necessary that all the terms will be in your employment contract. Sometimes they may be mentioned in the HR policy of your organization. It is necessary for you to read and be informed of all the policies, in order to avoid any dispute with your employer and assert your rights.
The following details are included in most written contracts:
- Your Official Name
- Head of the Organization’s Name
- Organization Name
- Job Description
- Employment Period
- Working Hours
- Other allowances
- Confidentiality terms
- Non-compete terms
- Non-solicitation terms
- Dispute Resolution Method/ Remedies like arbitration.
- Training/Indemnity bond
- Reasons for Termination
- Notice period
- Provident Fund and Gratuity
- Overtime Compensation (if any)
- Work From Home policy (if any)