Written statements

The right to a written statement

Employees

Anyone classed as an employee has the right to a written document that outlines the main rights and responsibilities of their job, if they’re employed for more than 1 month. This document is known as a 'written statement'. Sometimes it's known as a:

  • ‘written statement of terms and conditions of employment’
  • 'written statement of employment particulars'

Employee is one type of employment status.

Workers

Anyone classed as a worker does not have to be given a written statement. But to avoid misunderstandings, it’s still a good idea for the employer to provide in writing the worker’s main rights and responsibilities (such as pay, working hours, and holiday leave and pay).

People who work through an agency

For someone who works through a recruitment agency or recruitment business, the right to a written statement depends on their employment status. 

They will be classed as either:

  • an employee – they have the right to a written statement
  • a worker – they do not have to be given a written statement, but a written summary of both sides’ rights and responsibilities is a good idea

People on zero hours contracts

'Zero hours' contracts cover a range of casual working arrangements. Someone on a zero hours contract will usually be classed as either:

  • an employee – they have the right to a written statement
  • a worker – they do not have to be given a written statement, but a written summary of both sides’ rights and responsibilities is a good idea
Written statements
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