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GRATIS  Employment contract

Which work contract do you offer your employee?

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An employment contract can help you to be a better employer. This binding employment contract determines what your staff can expect of you and what you expect of them. With the correct information, a written and signed employment contract is the best way to build a mutually beneficial employer-employee relationship.

Learn more about using our free model employment contract, what to include in the employment contract, and how to protect yourself and your business interests in this handy guide for employers.

Notice: these are Employment Contracts in English but governed by Dutch law. If you are looking for employment contract in Dutch, go to arbeidscontracten

Table of contents

  1. What is an employment contract?
  2. Do I need a contract of employment?
  3. Which employment contract do I offer my employee?
  4. What does an employment contract cover?
  5. How do I make an employment contract with Rocket Lawyer?
  6. What do I need to know before making an employment contract?
  7. What must I do after I've made an employment contract?
  8. FAQ about employment contracts from Rocket Lawyer
  9. Frequently asked questions about employment contracts

An employment contract is a contract between you and your employee whereby the latter starts working for you. The employment contract contains the specific details of the relation between you and your employee. A signed employment contract can help you avoid many problems as an employer. In the absence of a written employment contract, confusion can arise on common topics, such as when wages are paid, what benefits your employee is entitled to and whether the employee is allowed to perform ancillary activities.

With an employment contract, your employees know exactly what you expect from them during their employment. It also determines what you as an employer are responsible for and what actions you take if your employee does not comply with the agreement.

An employment contract is also referred to as: employment agreement, fixed-term employment contract, permanent labour contract, temporary labour contract, permanent contract.

You need an employment contract:

  • when you want to sign a new contract with an existing employee
  • when you want to employ someone new 
  • when you want to provide the written employment information required by law
  • if you want to create a permanent or fixed-term contract
  • if you want to create a zero hours contract

You lay the foundation for a fruitful collaboration with your new employee by offering him the right employment contract. Depending on the situation, you determine which employment contract is applicable. For example, if you do not want to offer a fixed number of hours, then you choose a zero hours contract. With a fixed number of hours you can choose between a fixed-term or permanent contract. A new employee is usually offered a fixed-term contract first. To help you select the right employment contract, we indicate below which contract you use in which situation.

Many employers initially offer a new employee a fixed-term contract. Its main characteristic is that you have agreed with your employee in advance that his employment will end at a certain time. This could be because the end date of the contract has been reached or because a project for which you have entered into the contract has ended.

If the relationship with your employee is good and he is performing well, you can offer an extension at the end of the fixed-term contract. You can also give a new employee a permanent contract from the start. Its main feature is that it has no end date. The employment contract only ends when your employee resigns or you terminate the employment contract.

Use this zero hours contract when you want to hire an employee on a casual or temporary basis to cover emergencies, changing demand or when you want the flexibility of employees who will not be promised a set hours of work, but are available when required.

This employment contract covers:

  • the agreed hours and days of work
  • terms relating to holidays
  • the duties of the position
  • pay and benefits 
  • place of work
  • all other relevant employment conditions 
  • arrangements for ending employment 
  • information required by law 

It's easy to create a free employment contract online. Answer a few questions and we will put together your document for you. The whole process can take less than 10 minutes.

Rocket Lawyer's employment contract generator will guide you through drawing up your tailor-made employment contract. After you choose your type of employment contract and start your document, we automatically generate the legal language required for your employment contract based on how you answer the interview questions. If you don't have all the information you need, you can skip questions and save your document for later.

You can access your employment contract anytime, anywhere, on any device. As a Premium member of Rocket Lawyer you can copy or edit your employment contract. You can also download it in PDF or Word format and print it at any time.

You don't need to know how to create an employment contract yourself to use Rocket Lawyer's models. However, it helps to think about certain choices in advance and to have the following information at hand:

  • do you want to draw up an on-call contract or regular employment contract?
  • do you want to draw up a temporary employment contract or permanent employment contract?
  • does a collective labor agreement apply to your industry and if so, which one?
  • do you have a clear description of the position or activities?
  • do you give your employee a probationary period and if so, for how long?
  • do you want to give your employee more than the legal minimum of 20 vacation days on a full-time basis?
  • how much wages do you want to pay your employee?
  • do other employment conditions apply, such as a company car or mobile phone?
  • is your employee entitled to a travel or other allowance?
  • do you offer your employee a pension scheme and if so, which one?
  • what are the personal data of your employee?

After you have drawn up your employment contract, there are several more steps you can take to finalize the document:

Make it legal
Every drafted employment contract includes a Make it legal checklist of actions you need to take to finalize your document. For example, in the case of an employment contract, you must ensure that the contract has both signatures and that your employee has a copy of the contract. 

Online signature
With the online signature of Rocket Lawyer you choose to easily sign your employment contract online and have the contract sent to your employee for his online signature.

Ask a Lawyer
If you have any questions about your drafted employment contract or if you have doubts about a particular clause, for example, ask a lawyer to check your employment contract with Rocket Lawyer's Ask a Lawyer service. You will always receive a personal answer from the lawyer. Most questions are answered within 4 business hours. As a Premium member you also have access to a free 30-minute consultation on any new legal matter. Premium members who need more assistance can save up to 33% on legal costs when hiring a lawyer from our network.

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If you have a question about your Rocket Lawyer employment contract that is not answered on this page, please contact us: 070 378 9825. We are happy to help you!

Yes, an electronically signed employment contract is legally valid. For example, with Rocket Lawyer you can email your drafted fixed-term employment contract to your prospective employee and he can then sign it using our online signature service.

Yes, with Rocket Lawyer's Premium membership you can use our Ask a Lawyer service to have your drawn up employment contract assessed by a lawyer specialized in employment law. You can also use this service to ask legal questions to a specialized lawyer.

To manually edit your employment contract, all you need to do is log in to your Rocket Lawyer account, select the document you want to edit and then select edit. To save the original version, select the copy first and then edit the copied version.

Below you'll find an overview of frequently asked questions about employment contracts. If your question is not listed, please contact us: 070 378 9825.

A zero hours contract is intended for flexible work where the casual worker is only entitled to wages during the on-call period. An employment contract on the other hand, has fixed working hours for a fixed wage.

A probationary period is not compulsory but has many advantages. In this way, both you and your employee can terminate the employment with immediate effect without reason or consequences. You must however give the reason if your employee explicitly asks you to.  

The following conditions apply for a valid probation period:

  • this has been agreed in writing
  • for a contract longer than 6 months but shorter than 2 years, the maximum probation period is 1 month
  • with a permanent contract, the maximum probation period is 2 months
  • the length of the probation period is the same for employee and employer

A collective labor agreement (in Dutch: cao) is a written agreement between 1 or more employers and 1 or more trade unions in which generally applicable employment conditions are established that apply to all employees of a particular industry or sector.

A penalty clause is a provision in the employment contract that states that the employee must pay a penalty if he fails to comply with a specific obligation in the employment contract, such as a non-competition clause or non-disclosure clause.

That depends on when the on-call worker falls ill. In the event of illness during a call-up, there is a right to continued payment of (part of) the wages. In the event of illness between 2 calls, there is in principle no entitlement to wages, unless he was already scheduled for another call at that time.

Yes, include a clear job description or description of the activities in the employment contract so that your employee knows exactly what is expected of him. This way you can also address him when he is not performing well. 

If a collective labour agreement provides for something else than an employment contract, the provision in the collective labor agreement takes precedence over the provision in the employment contract.

Yes, a casual worker is entitled to a minimum number of holiday hours per year: 4 times the average number of hours worked per week.

If no interim termination provision is included in the employment contract, you cannot terminate early. If this provision is included, you can terminate the contract but only after you have applied for and received a termination permit from the UWV Werkbedrijf.

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