I do all my work at home. Should I still have a contract of employment?

Yes. If you are an employee, you will have a contract of employment – whether or not it is written down.

In addition, your employer has a legal obligation to provide you with a written statement of employment particulars within four weeks of starting work, in the same way as for office-based workers. This statutory statement will provide good evidence of your contract terms. From April 2020, the law will change, so that your employer will be required to provide this statement from the first day of your job. Your employer will also be required to include a wider range of information in the statement.

The place of employment must be included in these particulars and details of homeworking arrangements should also be included.

The details of homeworking may require additional written information on matters such as the department to which you are attached, your immediate superior or other persons to whom you or he can address questions or report, and so on.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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