As busy business owners and managers, life gets busy. Sometimes we do all the right things by drafting the employment agreement and sending it to the new employee, but never receive the signed employment contract back. What happens then? The absence or misplacement of a signed contract can create the impression that the agreement is non-existent. However, there are other factors to consider.
When hiring people into your business one of the most critical pieces of the process is ensuring you have a written employment contract. The relationship between employee and employer is fundamentally contractual, and all employees and contractors should have the correct employment agreement in place. The employee will also be covered by National Employment Standards and the relevant award for their role, however the benefit of having an individualised agreement means you can outline specific relevant terms not covered by the Fair Work Act.