By: Amanda Douglas
Statistics NZ says that 170,000 workers in our economy do not have written employment agreements.  If you or your business is employing someone, it is a legal requirement to have a written employment agreement in place, even if the worker is part-time or casual. 
If you are concerned that you do not have agreements in place, or if your agreements are old, we can provide you with a cost-effective way of fixing the problem and putting employment agreements in place.  We can guide you and your business through the process to introduce those new agreements to your employees.
Apart from being a basic legal requirement, a well-drafted and concise employment agreement is valuable for employers, as well as employees.  It clearly sets out a framework for day-to-day arrangements, as well as what happens in situations which arise between employers and employees.  It is the document you can always go back to if you are unsure, or if there is an issue to be addressed.  It is crucial that employment agreements are not so complicated that neither party understands them.  They should be written simply but effectively.
Please feel free to give us a call to discuss if you would like to put in place, or improve, your employment agreements.
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