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Hi !

I am new to the industry so please don't mind... I have two questions.

I am not clear about the term 'Contract Work'.

Is a contract based on ceratin time, say afew months or years ? In this case the worker has to work for the company for a fixed time.

Or

Can a contract be based on one or more projects. In this case the job terminates when the projects are completed.


My second question is that after the contract expires and the work is completed am I justified to request the company to give me an experience/reference letter (or whatever you call it) ?

Ahsan
 
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The answer is yes.

Contract can mean you are hired for a specific time.
Contract can mean hired for a specific project.Contract can mean that you're a 1099 (as opposed to W-2). (I've heard of contract workers working for years on end. They are 1099's for accounting reasons.)


In any of the above cases you can ask a former employer for a letter of reference. The are under no obligation to give one under any circumstances.


--Mark
 
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Thanks a lot Mark.

One more related question. It is mandatory for the company to give me the contract, (the document that specifies that the company has engaged me for a project or a fixed time), right ?

In the past I have worked for a company which did not give me any contract. So I don't have any proof that I worked for them. And thats the reason why I am concerned about these documents.

Ahsan
 
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You should have a contract document with terms and conditioned mentioned in it. Both the parties sign it. It has details regarding the pay, the hours to be put, the nature of the contract (for time or project) and the way the contract can be terminated.

From next time, be sure u have a copy of it before you start your work.

Tina
 
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Originally posted by Ahsan Saeed:
It is mandatory for the company to give me the contract, (the document that specifies that the company has engaged me for a project or a fixed time), right?



Disclaimer: I'm not a lawyer.

It is not mandatory. Of course, many people (myself included), have learned to never accept a job without a written contract in hand.

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Another impotant thing in contract working is:
You should earn more than employment working because they don't give you insurance, don't calculate your weekend and ...
don't forget it Ahsan
 
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