Whether you have 2 staff or 200, a contract of employment is a significant step in the whole hiring process.  Contracts set standards, and clear obligations between both parties. It is essential for any business to have clear, well drafted contracts and polices in place, they help you manage your staff effectively and protect your interests if issues arise. It is really important that they are tailored to your business and individual employees and their responsibilities.

A standard Employee Contract should include the following:

  1. Add employment details
    Agreement to employers policies, rules & regulations. Some of these details can even include the job description and the team or department with which the employee will work.
  2. Responsibilities related to mentioned position
    Agreement to the position responsibilities. This section would specifically mention the employment role, title, and responsibilities followed by the candidates.
  3. Salary Package
    This should include the hourly rate or annual salary information about raises, bonuses, or incentives offered to the employee.
  4. Holidays / Any absence including sickness
    Agreement to the amount of holidays. Also, explains employee expectations regarding sick days, family emergencies, or unpaid leave.
  5. Any Benefits
    Agreement to the benefits. It should explain what does the benefits package includes — dental, medical, vouchers, etc. offered by the employer.
  6. Probationary period
    A clear agreement to the probation period for both sides needs to be set and time frames.  Explain what is needed for both parties to entail for the probation before they terminate the relationship.
  7. Performance reviews
    Agreement to monthly or quarterly reviews. This involves framing an overview of the employee’s performance, work, punctuality, and honest feedback from the senior employees.
  8. Termination
    Agreement to how termination would work.  Next, enter the amount of notice each party is required to give to terminate employment. This notice can be based on employment periods or can be at-will.
  9. Any Clauses
    Agreement on how to protect the company. This clause prohibits the employee from engaging in any activities that directly or indirectly compete with the employer’s business.
  10. and other clauses based on the company’s work attributes!

The above are just the basics, there is so much more and having the correct wording is also imperative. seem like a lengthy process? Do not worry, Shawthorpe HR will have you covered! Crafting your employment contracts will give you the time back to look after your business whilst we craft and put it all together legally and binding!

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