16-18 Years Employment Contract Template

Young Worker Employment Contract


This Young Workers Employment Contract is designed for use by the many employers who employ school leavers between the ages of 16 and 18. The Working Time Regulations 1998 make special provision for the employment of Young Workers in terms of the hours that they can legally be asked to work, and at what times they can legally be asked to work.

This employment contract has a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)-compliant data processing clause. After 25 May 2018, employers must use this clause, as employers will not be able to rely on the existing generic consent clauses. .

This contract for the employment of young staff takes all of the regulations relating to the employment of minors into account, and adherence to it will help ensure that employers comply with their legal obligations.

Whilst the contract provides for flexibility and alteration of work hours, it ensures that these are always kept within the constraints of the Working Time Regulations as they apply to young workers. There is provision for the employer to adjust working hours once the employee turns 18.

The contract is expressed to be for a fixed term. Although the fixed term contract is agreed to be temporary, the expiry of a fixed-term contract is still a dismissal from a legal point of view. Consequently, employers must ensure they act reasonably when ending the contract. Generally, such a dismissal will be fair, but it is important that the expiry of the fixed-term is the real reason for the employee's dismissal and for the employer to act reasonably in terminating the employee's employment.

The contract includes a clause which allows the employer to terminate the fixed term contract early, without facing a potential claim for damages equivalent to the pay and benefits the fixed term worker would have received up to the time the contract was due to end. Although it might seem inconsistent to give an employee a contract for a fixed period of time and also state that notice to terminate it can be given before that period of time has passed, the inclusion of this notice of early termination clause gives the employer the option, in the event of, say, a downturn in business, to terminate the fixed-term contract early without being in breach of contract. Without this notice of early termination clause, the employee is entitled to sue the employer for damages.

This Young Workers Employment Contract contains the following clauses:

1. General
2. Duties and Job Title
3. Date of Commencement
4. Hours of work
5. Place of work
6. Remuneration
7. Collective Agreements
8. Holidays
9. Sickness and Absence
10. Maternity and Paternity Rights
11. Non-Compulsory Retirement
12. Pension 13. Mobility
14. Confidentiality
15. Grievance Procedure
16. Disciplinary Procedure
17. Staff Handbook and Employment Policies
18. Termination of Employment
19. Data Protection
20. Changes to Terms and Conditions of Employment
21. Severability
22. Governing Law and Jurisdiction

The Pensions Act 2014 introduced a new state pension for people reaching state pension age on or after 6 April 2016, replacing the previous basic state pension and additional state pension and ending contracting out for defined-benefit schemes. This employment contract has been updated accordingly with the removal of the clause referring to the contracting out certificate.

This Employment Contract is in open format. Fields should be completed where indicated.

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