We believe the employment agreement and policies create the foundations for any employment relationship. These documents are fundamental in guiding the parties through the lifecycle of employment, establishing the agreed terms and conditions, processes to follow, and the obligations by which each party is bound. Clearly written employment agreements and policies can help reduce the risk of misunderstandings and personal grievances.
You must provide your employees with a written employment agreement and retain a signed copy of the employment agreement, or the current agreed terms and conditions of employment. Further, when a new employee starts employment in a position which is covered by an applicable collective employment agreement then the employer has additional obligations to meet.
We can help navigate you through this process and determine the appropriate type of documentation required for your circumstances. It is vital that you get this right as there are particular requirements for casual, fixed term and contractor agreements, and if you get these wrong, your temporary resources can end up as permanent employees by default. With the new employment standards legislation, it is also more important now, more than ever, to have carefully drafted employment agreements which accurately reflect the actual work arrangements.
We understand the requirements of the Employment Relations Act 2000, and can help your organisation prepare robust documentation for establishing and managing effective employment relationships.
I am delighted to be able to recommend Paul Diver for any Industrial or Employment Relations matters. Paul has been Chubb New Zealand’s Industrial Negotiator for the bulk of our bargaining with various Unions over varying Collective Agreements. He has been instrumental in aiding Chubb to attain acceptable settlements, whilst maintaining good working relationships with Unions involved.
Robyn Pope – Human Resources Director