For some time it has been a legal requirement for all employment agreements to be in writing.  A failure to have an agreement in writing can result in penalties and damages, and potential disputes over the terms of employment which can cost the employer thousands of dollars.

It is now also a legal requirement that the employer keep on file a copy of the signed agreement, giving one to the employee is not sufficient.

It is also a legal requirement for copies to be kept on file of all drafts given to the employee to consider.  When you send out a draft agreement put a copy into the employee’s file.  When they sign the agreement and the employer has also signed, give a copy to the employee and put a signed copy on their file.  A failure to do so could be costly.  If you need assistance with your employment agreements give me a call on (04) 473 6850.