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We understand the intricacies involved in drafting and managing employment contracts for employers. Our experienced team offers specialised advice and strong representation to address the challenges associated with employment agreements. We are dedicated to guiding you through every aspect of employment contract management, from creation to modification, ensuring you have the necessary support and resources for legally sound and effective agreements.

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Understanding Employment Contracts

A well-drafted employment contract protects the commercial interests of your business, both during and after employment. It is an agreement between the employee and employer that sets out the terms and conditions of employment. The National Employment Standards (NES) or the minimums set out in the applicable registered agreement (award or enterprise agreement) cannot be overruled within the employment contract.

Coutts can assist with a range of employment contract matters, including:

  • Drafting and negotiation of contracts
  • Breaching an employment contract
  • Reviewing employment handbooks and manuals
  • Drafting confidentiality, non-compete and non-solicitation clauses
  • Drafting policies
  • Drafting contracts for independent contractors

In addition to helping employers with their initial engagement of employees, Coutts can assist employers to continue to remain compliant with their contracts and policies in line with changes to the law and/or government mandates. Coutts is also able to advise employers of the relevant modern awards applicable to their employees.

How can Coutts help you?

Drafting an employment contract is the cornerstone of safeguarding your business interests throughout an employee’s tenure and beyond. At Coutts, we are experts in developing comprehensive, tailored employment contracts that align with legal standards and protect your organisation. Our services extend beyond mere documentation, encompassing contract negotiation, breach resolution, and policy review.

Whether it’s drafting confidentiality clauses, non-compete agreements, or policies, our skilled team ensures your legal bases are covered. As regulations evolve, we’ll keep your contracts up to date, and compliant with shifting laws and government directives. Trust Coutts to manage the complexities of employment contracts, enabling you to focus on the growth and success of your business.

What to Expect with Coutts Lawyers

Step 1: Initial Contact

Reach out to Coutts Lawyers via our website, phone, or in person. Briefly describe your matter.

Step 2: Consultation Appointment

Schedule and attend a meeting with a Coutts lawyer / Conveyancer to discuss the specifics of your matter and desired outcomes.

Step 3: Information & Legal Advice

Share all related documents and information. Your lawyer / Conveyancer will review everything, clarify aspects as needed, and then advise on the best action course.

Step 4: Action Plan Development

Based on the advice, an appropriate action plan will be formulated. This may involve communication, documentation processes, or further legal steps.

Step 5: Implementation

Execute the action plan, addressing a range of legal scenarios as necessary.

Step 6: Resolution & Closure

Navigate towards a resolution, with the path determined by the nature of the matter. Your Lawyer / Conveyancer will outline any final actions or considerations.

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Introducing Karena

Your Compassionate Lawyer

Meet Karena, a Partner at Coutts Lawyers & Conveyancers, and the head of our esteemed Injury Compensation and Employment Law teams. With over two decades of experience in the field of Insurance Law, Karena’s passion, dedication, and client-focused approach have established her as a leading authority in compensation and employment law.

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Karena Nicholls - Employment Expert

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Employment Contracts FAQ’s

An employment contract is an agreement between the employer and the employee that defines the terms and conditions of employment. Its primary purpose is to protect the commercial interests of a business, ensuring clarity and understanding of the rights, obligations and responsibilities of each party.

Yes, all employment contracts must be consistent with the National Employment Standards (NES) and the stipulations within the applicable registered agreement, whether it’s an award or enterprise agreement. These standards and agreements ensure the minimum rights of an employee and cannot be overridden by an employment contract.

Coutts has an expert Employment Law Team, led by Karena Nicholls. This team is highly skilled at drafting, negotiating, and consulting on various employment contract matters, ensuring they align with business needs and legal compliance.

If there’s a suspected breach, it’s advisable to consult with legal experts like Coutts to provide guidance on the nature of the breach, possible remedies, and the best course of action to follow to protect the interests of your business.

These clauses are crucial for businesses looking to safeguard their commercial interests, intellectual property, client base, and to prevent unfair competition. They set clear guidelines on what an employee can or cannot do during and after their employment term, together with setting out remedies for any breach.

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