Should any benefits available to an employee be listed in the contract of employment?
The contract of employment or the written statement should specify the contractual benefits to which the employee is entitled. However, because the full details of the policy on a particular benefit may be too lengthy to set out in the contract of employment, or the policy may be subject to regular change, the contract may refer to a separate detailed document setting out the full policy and terms. This should always be available on request, and employees should be consulted or at the very least notified in advance of any changes.
Employers may also provide benefits to employees that they intend to be non-contractual. If referring to benefits in a document such as a staff handbook, employers should make clear which benefits are contractual and which are not.