The regulations of the Individual Employment Contract states that this may be verbal in specific cases such as the employment agreement of agricultural or livestock activities; domestic service; accidental or temporary work that does not exceed sixty days, and the rendering of a service for a certain work, provided that its value does not exceed one hundred quetzales, and if a term for its delivery has been set, provided that it does not exceed sixty days.
Notwithstanding in these cases once the agreement is executed, the employer must supply to the employee a card or certificate that must only contain the start date of the employment relationship and the stipulated salary, and at the expiry of each payment period, the number of days or shifts worked, or jobs to perform.
Aside from the abovementioned cases, the individual Employment Contract must be extended in written and contain the following information:
1) The names, surnames, age, sex, civil status, nationality and residence of the contracting parties;
2) The start date of the employment relationship;
3) The details of the services the employee commits himself to render, or the nature of the work to be performed, specifying if possible the characteristics and the conditions of the work;
4) The place(s) where the services or the works must be rendered or performed;
5) The precise designation of the place where the worker would live when he is hired to render his services or perform a work in a place different from the one where he habitually lives;
6) The duration of the contract or the expression of an indefinite period or for the performance of a certain work;
7) The hours of the workers day and the period of hours in which it must be rendered;
8) The salary, benefits, commission or participation that the worker must receive; if it must be calculated by time unit, work unit or in some other manner, and the payment manner, period and place. In case when the salary is to be paid by work unity, the quantity and quality of the material, the tools and utensils the employer may agree to give and the conservation shape of them, as well as the period the employee may have them at his disposal, must be stated. The employer may not demand from the employee any amount due to the normal wear and tear or accidental destruction of the tools, because of their use at work;
9) The rest of legal stipulations that the parties may agree on;
10) The place and date of the execution of the agreement; and
11) The signatures of the contracting parties or fingerprint of those who do not know or cannot sign, and their identification documents numbers.
Also, the Labor Code states that the Individual Employment Agreement must be extended in three originals: one for each party and another for the General Directorate of Labor. The three originals of the Employment Agreement must be authorized by the General Directorate of Labor or through the nearest labor authority, within fifteen days after its execution, amendment or novation.
In Guatemala's case its not applicable to execute an amendment or novation of any Individual Employment Contract through an annex or addenda, since according to the abovementioned, when the Individual Employment Contract is amended, it is necessary to do it in written following the same procedure established for its execution.