I only had it because I asked though. I think the firm would have happily ignored the whole concept of a contract if I hadn't insisted. I mean, just because they are solicitors, and even have an employment law specialty partner, obviously doesn't mean they have to apply the law to their own employees!
I haven't had an induction. I haven't had a health & safety briefing. I haven't had a tour. I haven't had a risk assessment on myself, my workstation, or my job. I haven't had an employees handbook. I haven't had any emergency action plan training. I haven't been taught to use the chemicals & PPE available. I haven't had a job description. I haven't been told the 1st aid procedures. I have not been asked for any references:-) that's just off the top of my head, I' sure there are some more.
I have advised a colleague on their rights regarding flexible working patterns due to childcare commitments. I have advised a colleague on health & safety issues regarding broken chairs left under her desk. I have informed them that I am a carer - they didn't request any further information, nor did they offer any information to me (not that I need it). I have mentioned that I have previously taken employers to tribunal for not complying with the law. I have been trying very very hard to be good, & quiet & meek & the bottom of the pile. In another two weeks when I get my proper job and my proper contract I will no longer bother trying:-)
Do you think they know what they have let themselves in for?