An employment agreement is an important legal document that sets out the key terms of the employment relationship. This ensures that both employers and employees understand what is expected from them and what they are entitled to. Having a well-written employment agreement means misunderstandings are less likely to occur and if there are any issues – the employment agreement can be used to clear things up.
Casual employees are generally hired for ongoing irregular work or for one-off business needs. For example, retail stores typically hire casuals in December to help over the Christmas period.
A fixed-term employee is only employed for a period of time and the end date of the employment is specified in the agreement. For example, it is common practice for businesses to hire employees on a fixed term basis to cover staff who have gone on parental leave.
Full time employees generally work between 30 – 40 hours a week and can have access to a range of benefits or entitlements (subject to local laws and regulations). This includes employees who sometimes work shifts and may work outside of normal business hours.
Part-time employees generally work a set number of hours each week and can have access to a range of benefits or entitlements (subject to local laws and regulations). The set number of hours can range from a couple of hours to around 30 hours per week.
People often overlook the importance of setting up a well-written employment agreement which could lead to employment disputes, a fine from regulators, or winding up in court! Common issues include:
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