We issue contracts of employment to all our staff on joining the company. All but one have signed and had no issues with the standard contract that we issue. We have one employee who despite having a contract issued has never signed it and claims he never received one. He has been employed with us for 6 years and over the years we have re-issued the contract for signing and this has never been returned or any explanation given for non-signing. We are now in a position where unfortunately we have had to make the individual redundant and his ‘non contract’ has become an issue. I was previously advised that if an employee didn’t sign a contract it didn’t matter provided we had issued one and the assumption that he had drawn a salary from us for the last 6 years we assumed there was no problem with this. Was I misled, I know ideally all contracts should be signed but is it a problem if they don’t?
kirsa edwards