What is an employment contract?
An employment contract is an agreement between an employer and an employee about the terms and conditions of employment.
In Australia, an employment contract can be in writing or verbal, but either way, it must cover all minimum legal entitlements. This includes the minimum employee entitlements in the National Employment Standards. It also includes any awards or agreements registered with the Fair Work Commission.
Putting an employment agreement in writing gives protection to both employers and employees. A written employment contract is a legal document setting out the duties and responsibilities of both parties.
Written employment contracts are a great way to ensure you start on the right foot with an employee. They can help to build a relationship of trust with a new employee by detailing commitments and expectations.