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Thank you. As far as the law is concerned, an employer is obliged to issue its employees with a written statement of employment particulars within 2 months of them starting work. This is not a contract but it contains many of the contents one would expect to see in a contract, such as place of work, job title and duties, pay, etc. If the employer has not issued this within these initial 2 months then they will be breaking the law, whether you mentioned something or not - it is their responsibility to ensure this happens, not for you to remind them. If you wanted to take this further then you can actually even make a claim in the employment tribunal for it and if I remember correctly you can get compensation of between 2 and 4 weeks’ pay for their breach. Whether you want to go as far as making a claim so early on in your employment is up to you, because as you can imagine it can potentially sour your relationship. Also, in the first 2 years of employment you have no unfair dismissal protection so they could try and find some unrelated reason to say you are no longer required or that you have done something wrong and dismiss you in retaliation. So there are potential risks, which you should consider first. But if you wanted to highlight their breach directly to them you can and can remind them that this statement should have been issued within 2 months of your start.
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That is correct - they can dismiss you even if you were their best employee and can show that you did everything correctly or excelled at your job. How termination may look will vary from one employer to another. I would say the reasons in this case are not serious to affect you future prospects. They clearly did not want you because there was no need for as many staff. This is not your fault - it is nothing to do with your performance or ability. Had you been dismissed for things like misconduct then that would be worse but just because you were surplus to requirements because of too many staff should not really affect you in the future. Hope this clarifies?
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