Every employment agreement provides clear information on what to expect when a person agrees to be employed by an organisation. Everything it contains must reflect labour laws that apply to the organisation and its employees, for the protection and promotion of both parties' interests and rights.
In NZ, the government provides several resource guides for preparing and writing an employee agreement. These can be accessed online such as the following:
Employment Agreement Builder
This free online tool is made to help employers write employment agreements. Here business owners can easily see which laws are compulsory, voluntary or reflect minimum legal requirements.
Online Agreement Portal for Employers
This helps for checking if a draft or an existing agreement meets the requirements. An example of a standard employee agreement can be found here. Hence, it begins with an introduction followed by the parties involved (employer and employee), the position duties, nature and term of the agreement, down to declaration.
Code of Good Faith
This serves as generic code on collective bargaining. This promotes good faith by requiring parties to agree in entering a bargaining process and comply with it. Mediation and facilitation may be considered an option when there is difficulty reaching an agreement. It covers breach of good faith too with regards to collective bargaining.
The Department of Labour Website
A range of dedicated pages on labour and employment can be accessed on this website. Employers can use each for every facet of employment – from recruitment and selection to probation periods, to NZ employment rights, agreements, training, record keeping as well as unions and their roles.
These free sources are also useful in updating employment agreements and company policies. Professionals that specialise in business formation in NZ can help check the accuracy of these important company documents. Their expertise can help not only with employment advisories but also with policy formations.
While the resources mentioned above can really be useful for preparing employment agreements and handbooks, having them checked by professionals would make for clear, accurate and lawful agreements. These professionals can also do the job from the start while employers provide them with information about the organisation.