What are the Conditions of Employment?
The Conditions of employment refer to the rules, policies and other requirements that an employer and employee agree to uphold during the employee’s tenure in the organization. They spell out the rights and obligations of each party. They are also known as terms of employment.
Where are Conditions of Employment Found?
They are often found in job postings, employee handbooks, and company policy manuals. They are also spelt out in written employment contracts, but many positions are filled with nothing more than a verbal agreement—which can raise legal issues if the employer and employee later disagree about what was promised. These need to be written down and made available to every employee.
What Is Included in Conditions of Employment?
It may include job-specific stipulations as well as company-specific conditions. Job-specific conditions are often negotiable. For example:
- Days and hours of employment
- Whether the employee is exempt or non-exempt
- Job description and duties
- Non-compete provisions
- How disputes will be resolved
- Employee benefits
Examples of company-specific conditions of employment include:
- Dress code policies
- Probationary period
- Company holidays
- Pay schedule
- Leave policies
- Performance review requirements
- Standard benefits information like, health insurance and retirement plans