The purpose of a written employment contract is to specify rights, obligations and conditions of employment.
Before you build an employment contract, you should know the law of employment. You need to discuss with employer to know the conditions of employment, such as Place of Work, Hours of Work, Wages, Public Holidays and Annual Holidays, etc.
Though there is no obligatory requirement for the information to be included in a written contract of employment, employers should ensure the contract addresses certain key issues and meets all minimum employment conditions.
- Names and details of employers and employees
- Date employment begins
- Place of work
- Job description
- Who employees report to in the organisation
- Employment status (e.g. full-time, part-time or casual)
- Working hours
- Holiday entitlements
Depending on the type of trade and the actual requirement, select the remaining provisions. For example, some employers decide that there will be no overtime or other bonuses; the employees will get the minimum amount of sick leave and annual leave the employers have to provide by law, but nothing extra. So the employment contract should include sick leave and annual leave, no overtime and other bonuses. If the employee will be learning confidential and sensitive information about your business, you can insert confidentiality clauses that prevent the employee from disclosing the information or using it for personal gain.
Through preparation of employment contract, I learned a lot of knowledge, such as how to build an employment contract, what should be included, minimum conditions of employment and other obligations.
There are some provisions that must be included in employment agreements by law, and there are also a number of minimum conditions that must be met regardless of whether they are included in agreements. Employment law also provides a framework for negotiating additional entitlements.
For information see the website below:
Hubbard, J., Thomas, C., Varnham, S. (2010). Principles of Law for New Zealand Business Students.