Australia’s Fair Work System is complex. And that complexity leads many small businesses down a path that all too often proved costly.
Most of us know that if you claim that you didn’t know the law or the regulation, courts don’t care.
One area that causes more grief than anything is wages and working conditions. Most of the problems occur because the employer and employee have a different recollection of what was said.
Employment contracts are the best way to make sure that what was agreed is not forgotten.
Business.gov.au have developed a tool on their website to help micro and small business owners to build your own employment contracts. This will go a long way to making your employees pay and conditions clear from the start.
It also helps small business employers to make a basic contract that complies with workplace laws.
It works for full-time, part-time and casual employees who are covered by an award, and it can be accessed at business.gov.au – Get started Employment Contract Tool business.gov.au.
Of course working through this process is time-consuming, and you might prefer to be out earning money instead of trying to work out what it all means.
If you need some help, you know where to find me.