There are a variety of different types of employment agreements that can apply to employment relationships, including:

Case Seasonal Workers Require Fixed Term Employment Agreements

An employer who employs seasonal workers must provide those workers with a fixed term agreement that complies in every respect with the Employment Relations Act 2000, section 66. An employer who has engaged a seasonal employee but has failed to provide for a fixed term and then dismisses the employee at the end of the season without going through a fair and reasonable process will be found liable for unjustifiably dismissing the employee.

Employment Agreements Hires

With the recent amendments to the Employment Relations Act 2000 removing the “30-day rule” from 6 March 2015, there may be some confusion as to what employment agreement employers should be offering new employees.

Strengthening Enforcement Employment Standards

Employment standards are requirements such as the minimum wage, annual holidays and written employment agreements. They protect vulnerable workers and help to ensure workplaces are fair and competitive.

Employment Standards Provisions Force

New employment standards legislation was introduced last year to give greater protection to employees on “zero-hour” contracts, with no guarenteed hours of work.  However, the changes have wider-reaching implications and in one way or another have an impact on almost all employment agreements, particularly regarding:

Case Employment Family Members Problematic

Employing family members can lead to problems as the case noted below shows. Family members should always be given written employment agreements and be paid at least the minimum wage.

Snow Absenteeism Do

There is no provision in the employees’ employment agreements that covers this exact event but there is a provision in our sick leave policies requiring the employee to contact the employer if the employee is unable to work. Do I have to pay the employees who did not come to work?

Abandonment Employment

Employment agreements may include a term (called an abandonment clause) to the effect that an employee who fails to attend work for a consecutive number of days (usually a minimum of three days), without consent or without notifying the employer shall be deemed to have abandoned his or her employment. In such a situation, the employee is treated as if he or she had terminated the employment and there is no dismissal.

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