RE: Early contracting experiences? Learning the haard way!

Subject: RE: Early contracting experiences? Learning the haard way!
From: "Elizabeth OShea" <Elizabeth -dot- OShea -at- emergesmart -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 2 Sep 2002 10:40:38 +0100

> Bruce Byfield wrote:
>>- Always spell out working conditions and your expectations in a
>>contract or a letter of agreement. It helps prevent problems, and keeps
>>people from cheating you (it sounds like you have already reached this
>>conclusion). Never start work without one, and run from any client who
>>says you don't need one or accuses you of being paranoid.
> Do this whether or not you're contracting! I don't know what common
> is in the US, but here in Ireland people who are permanent do not
> have written contracts. When I was made permanent in my current position
> no contract was produced, I didn't think twice about it. Until they
> announced a change in our working hours and, furthermore, announced that
> there had been a misunderstanding of our working hours: we had all been
> working 35 hours per week for over 6 months when, in fact, we were
> to be working 40. (It was an instant pay cut of EUR2.50 an hour for me).
> So I got a written contract. And because of the state of the company, I
> it on my terms (from management's point of view, it would have been a
> bad time for me to walk). Get it in writing. Get it in an email you can
> print. If it's not written down you have no basis for a claim to
> to the Labour Court, to anyone. And get it in writing at the start.
> elizabeth
> elizabeth -dot- oshea -at- emergesmart -dot- com

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