Thursday, April 28, 2011

Online HR documents: Cleardocs expands in Australia with a new employment contract

Christopher Balmford, MD

You’ll be able to order an Employment Contract from Cleardocs Australia in the next week or so. As always, our master document and interface are signed-off by our lawyers at Maddocks — a top 20 Australian Law firm.

The Employment Contract adds to the HR Policies and Procedures Manual that you can already order from Cleardocs. The Contract and the Manual work together so that an employer can use both documents and know that they “match”.

Tailoring the contract for your organisation
As with all our document packages, the standard employment contract is easy to create and you can tailor it to the specific needs of your organisation.

Employees and the contract
You can order the contract:
  • for employees who are full-time, part-time, or casual; and
  • for new employees and existing employees.
The contract is suitable for employees who are not executives. We are developing an executive employment contract to launch soon.

Benefits of having employment contracts in place
By arranging a Cleardocs standard employment contract for your employees, you:
  • help your organisation to comply with the Fair Work Act 2009 and the National Employment Standards (NES); and
  • help your organisation and your employees to know what is required of one another.

How much does it cost?
The cost of the standard employment contract varies depending on how many contracts you need:
  • for one employee, the fee is $99.00 (inc. GST); but
  • for more than one employee we offer a discount — call us on 1300 307 343 to find out about our multi-order discount for the number of contracts you need.

How do you order a standard employment contract?
Once we’ve launched the Employment Contract, you will be able to order it from our website,

If you register with Cleardocs, we will send you an email when we launch the contract.

More HR information from Cleardocs
If you register with Cleardocs, you will receive our ClearLaw email newsletter, which includes article on HR topics, recent articles are:
  1. How HR can impact the bottom line Companies often fail to adopt human resource practices that would improve financial performance. Here's why they should;
  2. Need to hold a difficult conversation with a staff member at work? Here are some tips to help you get it right;
  3. New staff: the importance of induction and some key steps How can you ensure you support new staff so that they get off to the best possible start?
  4. Sexual Harassment – Time to move against it In the wake of the David Jones sexual harassment case, all of corporate Australia should be taking a long look at the adequacy of their sexual harassment policies and practices;
  5. "Sickies": the costs, the causes, and strategies for reducing them, Sick days taken by the well — known as "Sickies" or “absenteeism” — costs billions Australia-wide each year. And sickies are on the rise. But good management can help reduce absenteeism in your organisation. Here are some strategies to help;
  6. How to communicate with a job candidate you don’t employ How you treat people who apply for a job at your organisation really matters. Your reputation is built one candidate at a time, and that reputation is critical to your ongoing ability to attract the best and most skilled talent to your organisation;
  7. Paid parental leave from 1 January 2011 The Federal Government's Paid Parental Leave (GPPL) scheme applies to births or adoptions on or after 1 January 2011. The scheme provides 18 weeks of government-funded paid parental leave to eligible working parents; and
  8. Business Sales - protecting employees who move to the buyer An employee's employment may "restart" if their employer's business is sold and they move to the buyer's business. This can jeopardise the employees' rights to make claims for unfair dismissal.

Any questions?
If you have any questions about our new standard employment contract, or any other of our products, please call our free helpline on 1300 307 343.

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