Obviously every business tries to ensure that all employees sign their contract of employment. However, there have certainly been times in my career when I’ve faced a challenge with a particular employee, gone to their file to check their contract only to find that there is no signed copy held. Where does this leave a business?
This week a case report has been issued which highlights the need to review the restrictive covenants that your employees sign, particularly when they are promoted.
There have been two cases in recent months which have reinforced the need to ensure that your employment contract reflects the reality of the working relationship you have with your employees.
From the moment you hire your first employee, you know it’s just a matter of time before you are going to find yourself dealing with a difficult situation, be it dealing with poor performance, frequent short-term absence or a grievance with another employee or the company. Wouldn’t it be better to deal with the situation before it gets to the point where you need to reach for the policies?