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HR For Small Business For Dummies, Australian Edition by Paul Maguire

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Chapter 7

Hiring: The Importance of the Employment Contract

In This Chapter

arrow Making the job simple and clear with employment contracts

arrow Selecting the right terms and conditions

arrow Ensuring confidentiality and privacy

arrow Taking advantage of checklists to keep you on the right path

A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

Commonly misattributed to Samuel Goldwyn

E mployment contracts were once the domain of senior managers in big business. Very few people earning award wages had their terms and conditions put in writing and signed off by the boss — indeed, in the good old days a small-business owner would simply tell the new employee ‘You can start Monday’. No longer. Australian laws now impose so many rights and obligations on employers and employees that detailing the employment arrangements in an employment contract is an absolute necessity.

In this chapter, I explain the intricacies, benefits and pitfalls of employment contracts while including tips for keeping it simple, fresh and relevant. Creating an employment contract that’s satisfactory to your employees and suitable ...

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