Website terms and conditions template: recruitment site or job listings site

This website terms and conditions template sets out the relationship between your seekers and recruiters. It provides your business with protection in case a transaction between third parties fails, and gives you strong legal protection against malicious use of your website and misuse of your intellectual property.
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About this terms and conditions document

This T&C document has been written for the owner of a job site. It covers both usual recruitment services and whatever other services you provide to either side from your website.

So far as the European Union (Consumer Information, Cancellation and Other Rights) Regulations 2013 are concerned, there is no impact on your business unless you provide some service to your job seekers, for money. For example, if you provide careers advice, or edit CVs, or offer premium placings, then the regulations do apply. We have provided for this possibility but the drafting notes clearly show how you can delete those provisions if you sell no service. Of course the Regulations do not apply in any event to your recruiters because, by definition, they must be in business and therefore are not “consumers”.

Is this template suitable for your website?

This template is for any website that creates a marketplace primarily for recruitment, where both job seekers and recruiters interface your system entirely through your website. The same terms also cover access from a mobile device such as a smartphone.

Your recruiters and seekers may be anywhere in the World.

The benefit of clear terms and conditions

Website terms and conditions are probably the best example of a legal document where use of plain English strengthens the legal effect of the document. If a dispute should arise, it would be hard for a user of your site to claim that he did not understand, even if English is not his first language.

Using this document on your website will help you to:

  • set out clearly how your business works and how users should act and behave;
  • ensure that users receive the quality of service that you aim to provide;
  • present a professional image of your business. Our use of plain English helps ensure that sellers do not feel intimidated by overly formal or legalistic language;
  • prevent misunderstandings and make solving disputes easier;
  • protect your website from misuse (we include paragraphs that set out exactly how users can interact with your website, and what they cannot do);
  • protect your business from complaints about content that your users posted - particularly important if users can post information, questions, data and take part in discussions without you actively monitoring every post or message.

The law in this document

The law in these T&C is largely common law that deals with the basics of contracts: offer, acceptance, price and payment, provision of service, liabilities and risk. By and large, you can set the terms you want, particularly the commercial ones. The document should be edited so that it reflects exactly how your business works. Our guidance notes will tell you what you can change safely, and what we don't advise changing.

This template allows you to comply with the European Union (Consumer Information, Cancellation and Other Rights) Regulations 2013, so far as they apply.

Contents of this terms and conditions

This terms and conditions template includes provisions that cover both the relationship between the recruiter and job seeker and the relationship between your business and each of them.

It includes terms relating to:

  • Definitions and interpretation
  • Basis of contract between your business and each of recruiters and job seekers
  • Application of European Union (Consumer Information, Cancellation and Other Rights) Regulations 2013
  • Prices for your services
  • Renewal payments and credit cards
  • Extensive options for re-assurance to customers that you will take care of data
  • Very extensive options as to what a user may or may not do on your website.
  • Removal of offensive content
  • Security of your website
  • Storage of data
  • Terms specific to recruiters
  • Terms specific to job seekers
  • Protection of copyright and other intellectual property rights
  • Interruption to service
  • Disclaimers and limitation of liability
  • Miscellaneous legal matters to protect your business

Over 3,300 words of helpful notes to make your task even easier.

Draftsman

This document was written by a solicitor for Net Lawman. It complies with current Irish law.

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