Do you have written employment agreements for all your staff. Written employment agreements are required for every employee. There are certain requirements of the agreement including the obvious ones such as names of the parties, hours and place of work, wage/salary, job description but there are also other mandatory clauses such as the processes for dealing with disputes and grievances, restructuring protection clauses, public holiday pay, 90 day trials etc. Different types of employment (part time, fixed term, permanent, casual) all need different clauses so it pays to get the agreements as templates that can be used for staff as appropriate.

An employer was recently fined by the Court after a prosecution by the Labour Inspector. The employer had failed to provide written employment agreements to two workers and was chased up by the inspector. After the employer still failed to provide agreements the prosecution was commenced.


Alan Knowsley

Employment Lawyer Wellington