Right from the beginning of the employment relationship, the employment contract is your chance to set the standards for your employees. We see time and time again where an ineffective employment contract leads to headaches down the track. Check out our Managing Troublesome Employees case studies to see where it can lead.

An employment contract can be in writing, verbal or a combination of both, however we highly recommend it always be in writing. The reason for it to be in writing is to evidence your employees' rights and responsibilities in employment and your obligations towards the employee.

If you need access to template employment contracts, for full time, part time, or casual employees, check out how our Online HR Resources Service can assist you.

What should an Employment Contact contain?

The main things that should be included (but not limited to) in an employment contract are:

  • Position and duties (but not so they can never be changed)
  • Location and mobility
  • Hours of work
  • Remuneration and other benefits
  • A ‘specifically referable’ clause where overaward payments are made
  • Reference to Policies and Procedures
  • Termination provisions
  • Protecting your business provisions, including -
    • Conflicts of interest and secondary employment,
    • protection of confidential information and intellectual property, and
    • restraint of trade

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