Drafting employment contracts
Our experienced employment lawyers are ready to liaise with you in drafting employment contracts tailored to your business requirements, growth and protection goals.
We provide comprehensive advice across the duration of the employment relationship – from contract negotiation and formation, workplace policies, recovery of employment entitlements, performance management, through to termination and subsequent protection of your business.
What is an employment contract?
An employment contract is an agreement between an employer and employee that sets out terms and conditions of employment. A contract can be in writing or verbal.
An employment contract cannot provide for less than the legal minimum standards set out in:
- the National Employment Standards; and
- awards, enterprise agreements or other registered agreements that may apply.
All employees are covered by the National Employment Standards, regardless of whether they’ve signed a contract. A contract can’t make employees worse off than their minimum legal entitlements.
What terms can be included in an employment contract?
Written contracts typically detail the start date, position and duties of the employee, hours of work, remuneration, leave entitlements and a termination clause.
You may also choose to include terms detailing restraint of trade, protection of intellectual property and confidential information, and any bonus schemes.