Why your job contract matters (and what to look out for)

Employment law expert Lauren Salt says employees need to be certain before they sign on the dotted line of a job contract.

Salt, an executive in ENSafrica's employment department, says employees must be clear on the terms and conditions they have agreed to.

An employment contract is a key document which regulates the terms and conditions of employment between the employer and the employee.

However, the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) applies with or without an employment contract, she says.

She explains that such a contract simply adds to those minimum requirements as agreed upon by an employee and employer.

The BCEA does, however, state that, upon commencement of employment, an employee must receive 'written particulars'.

Salt advises that this could be a document confirming employment, leave dates, income and other basics.

She adds that is important to distinguish between a permanent contract, fixed-term contract and part-time contract, while also understanding the advantages of each.

The need of the employer will govern the type of contract that you are on.

Lauren Salt, Executive - ENSafrica’s employment department

Salt answered several questions on employment contracts pertaining to leave, promotions, bonuses, and clauses such as non-compete agreements.

Listen to the discussion during The World of Work feature:


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