Many employers think they don’t need to have formal employment contracts, particularly when employees are covered by an Award.
However, there are no protections contained within the Award to protect employers in terms of confidentiality, intellectual property or other specific workplace policies. A good employment contract should include clauses regarding location and hours of work, position title and reporting lines, as these issues can often become contentious.
Watch this short video by Partner Belinda Winter to learn more about how formal employment contracts can allow employers to establish terms that will protect, and ultimately benefit, their business.
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