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Indonesia: Contracts of employment

Original authors: Lia Alizia and Candace Anastassia Limbong, Makarim & Taira S.
Updating authors: Richard Cornwallis and Hendrik Alfian Pasaribu, Makarim & Taira S.
Consultant editors: Fahrul S. Yusuf and Indrawan Dwi Yuriutomo, SSEK Legal Consultants

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  • Open-ended employment contracts may be written or oral, while fixed-term contracts must be in writing. (See General)
  • An open-ended employment contract may provide for a probationary period, which must not exceed three months. (See Probationary periods)
  • Employment contracts may be open ended or, in certain specific circumstances, have a fixed term. (See Types of contract)
  • Where an employment contract is drawn up in writing (which is compulsory for fixed-term contracts), it must contain certain specified terms and information. (See Written contract of employment)
  • An employment contract may be amended only with the agreement of both parties. (See Variation of contract)