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Do you have employment agreements in place?

Known as an employment agreement or contract of employment, this is a written agreement between the employer and employee setting out enforceable terms and conditions that govern the employment relationship.

An employee contract must provide for at least the same minimum terms and conditions and wages set by the National Employment Standards (NES) contained in the Fair Work Act 2009 or the relevant award, enterprise or other registered agreement.

The agreement covers the expectations for both the employee and the employer, including more than just salary information. As a minimum, your agreement should include:

📌Name and personal details of the employer and the employee

📌Commencement date of employment and probation period

📌Position title and role description/duties

📌Clauses referring to essential requirements of the role including licences, working rights, registrations

📌Type of employment (full-time, part-time or casual)

📌Place of work and hours of operation of the business

📌Remuneration clause – setting out the method of payment: salary or hourly rate) and what is included or paid separately (superannuation, penalties, allowances etc)

📌 Leave entitlements (annual leave, personal leave, long service leave)

📌 Clauses protecting employer property and information (company vehicle, intellectual property, computer equipment etc)

📌 Confidentiality agreement making clear what employer information should be kept confidential and setting out the possible consequences of a breach

📌 Amount of notice required to be given by the employer/employee to end the employment

📌 Termination conditions including Redundancy

Solid employment agreements are a must for all business owners, and it is important to remain compliant. If you need to ensure your agreements covers all bases, email to arrange a discussion with our HR advisors.

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