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New Employment Agreements

Published 01 Aug 2014

New Employment Agreements

Our Agreements have been updated.

Following changes in case law and best practices our legal team has extensively rewritten our Agreements including all Individual Employment Agreements, Independent Contractor Agreements and our Employee Handbook.

We pride ourselves in providing Employers and Business owners with the most comprehensive Agreements. The best protection in disputes begins with having the best Agreement in place with your staff. To this end our team of industry experienced and qualified specialists constantly look to improve our Agreements in line with legislation, what is happening in the courts and what offers our clients the best protection.

The following documents have been updated and are now our defaults in our Employers Toolbox cloud solution, all software and documents provided on our public website:
  1. Full Time, Part Time, Fixed Term and Casual Full Length Individual Employment Agreements;
  2. Full Time, Part time and Fixed Term Short Form Individual Employment Agreements;
  3. Employee Handbook; and
  4. Independent Contractor Agreements for Services and Labour.
The major change is the introduction of a “Statement of Personal Terms” in Schedule 1 of the documents which make the documents easier for the Employer to fill out. There is also professional formatting for ease of reference as well as changes to the order of the documents for simplicity. In the Individual Employment Agreements, there are now discrete clauses on:
  1. Deductions;
  2. Reimbursement for Training Expenses;
  3. Employee Obligations;
  4. Assistance with Litigation;
  5. Unpaid Suspensions;
  6. Drugs and Alcohol; and
  7. Whistleblowing.
The Employee Handbook also has innovative and revised clauses on:
  1. Introduction and Purpose;
  2. Military Service;
  3. Breastfeeding;
  4. Discrimination;
  5. Sexual Harassment;
  6. Bullying;
  7. Personnel Files; and
  8. The Privacy Act 1993.
Lastly, the Independent Contractor Agreements contain further protection for intellectual property and to avoid the disclosure of confidential information.

All these documents are live now in your Employers Toolbox account. Please feel free to take a look at the Agreements section of the Employers toolbox and the slightly modified interface to accommodate these new changes :