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So, you’ve got that brand new job offer, and you are really excited to start that new role. But…… Do you have an employment contract? 

A written employment contract is a key document that helps you understand your role and responsibilities in your new position. It also sets out some obligations that your employer will need to adhere to.

9 December 2022

So, you’ve got that brand new job offer, and you are really excited to start that new role. But…… Do you have an employment contract?

A written employment contract is a key document that helps you understand your role and responsibilities in your new position. It also sets out some obligations that your employer will need to adhere to.

Here are some quick items that you should be looking out for in your employment contract:

  1. Are all your details are spelt and stated correctly?
  2. Is your job title and position description included and clear? Does it match the offer that has been made?
  3. Is your remuneration in line with your offer, and any applicable Fair Work Award?
  4. Do the terms around bonuses, superannuation, and other benefits (think additional allowances for cars or mobile phones) align with what you have agreed to or are entitled to?
  5. Is there an Award that relates to your employment? Is this included or referenced? Are the benefits outlined the same as, or better than, the minimum requirements under the Award?
  6. Does it set out required hours of work, the number of hours, or the period of hours to work on any given day?
  7. Does it identify a place of work? Are you able to work flexibly or work from home?
  8. Does it set out your leave entitlements?
  9. Does it include a requirement that you comply with the employer’s policies and procedures? Have you received and reviewed these?
  10. Do you have a probationary period? What is the probationary period? Is it reasonable or in accordance with the offer of discussions that you have?
  11. Are there any restraints included, including restraints of trade or non-solicitation? Are they reasonable?
  12. Have you relied on anything that has been said to you in the recruitment process that is not included in the employment contract?

These days your employment contract is the key document that sets out the relationship between your employer and you. 

When getting an employment contract, you should carefully consider it and if unsure about its terms seek advice. If you do not have an employment contract, we encourage you to seek an employment contract. This will provide you with certainty around your rights and responsibilities.

The team at Access Law Group would be happy to assist. At ALG, Tom Ellicott (Director) can bridge the gap for your business law questions. 

If you are interested in speaking with Tom, please contact us for your initial Consultation addressing your business law needs on 02 4220 7100, by email lawyers@alg.com.au, or here.