People Contracts for Employees & Contractors

Issues with people are common in business and more than law is always involved. To resolve issues better and faster put legal documents in place with know-how from other disciplines. This is our multidisciplinary approach.

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For our People Contracts for Employees & Contractor service read the three tabs below titled Q&A, Pricing and What We Need From You.

Q&A – Top questions answered

Is an employee agreement on its own enough for people management?

Having written employment agreements, is virtually a legal necessity. For this it is best to have a document-run recruitment process.

Having a suite of documents is best. It can contain reusable copy for job advertising, recruitment interview questionnaires and forms, a template offer letter, a defined induction process and training program, and a performance management system.

Organisations additionally benefit from providing employees and contractors with job descriptions, an operations manual, code of conduct and an intellectual property policy.

What’s needed for an effective restraint of trade clause?

Ineffective drafting of restraint of trade clauses is very common in business agreements. Effective ones cover who is restrained, for how long, in regard to what geographic territory and as regards what types of potentially competing activity.

What do lawyers need to begin drafting an employee or contractor agreement?

We need all your relevant communications and existing documents you use for your people agreements.

What are the short and long form layouts for employee or contractor agreements?

Most people find a letter agreement layout is easier to read than one in a traditional layout. In the employee-employer context our letter agreement layout typically suits junior or mid-level employees. Fewer topics need to be covered so the document is shorter than one in a traditional or schedulised layout.

For long form employee agreements we use a schedulised agreement layout. The key benefit is that agreement variables are listed in the two column cover page schedule. In a “tombstone” or traditional agreement layout the variables appear in various clauses in the body of the agreement, they are not neatly grouped on the cover page as is done in our schedulised agreement layouts.

What prevents an employee or contractor working in competition?

In an employment or contractor agreement a clause on confidential information and one setting out a restraint of trade are two clause types that restrict what an employee or contractor can do during and for a time after the period of engagement.

What is best to have in place for the end of an employee relationship?

The way a relationship ends will determine this. A resignation, a dismissal and a redundancy each require different treatment.

Whatever the reason for a departure having set procedures and other mechanisms in place can minimise unfair dismissal claims, intellectual property leaks or other problems arising from a resignation, dismissal, termination, demotion or redundancy decision.

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We’ll provide a fixed price inclusive of GST after we conduct an initial review of your business structure and existing legal documents.

There are numerous variations and types of contractor and consultant agreements.

  • Consultant or consultancy agreement – ranges from: $990 to $1,650.
  • Shareholders’ agreement or hybrid commercial agreement, often ranges from: $2,200 to $4,950.

The fee for a set for an employment contract depends on the level of need

  • Employment agreement (short form, letter agreement format) $770
  • Intern agreement $770.
  • Introductory schedulised employment agreement set, including the agreement, a job description and various necessary forms is $1,200 (inclusive of GST).
  • Employment agreement full package (up to 15 documents including employment
  • agreement, job descriptions, forms for record keeping and policy manual: $4,400

We’ll provide a fixed price after we:

  • Take your instructions
  • Do an initial review of your circumstances
  • Read any existing written communications, agreements and other documents.