Employment Agreement and Employee Handbook

With so many employment agreements, templates and other documents used in business these days, it is sometimes confusing to know what applies when, and how best to implement such documentation to more effectively protect your business.

Employment Agreement


An employment agreement is the primary document that creates the actual legal rights and obligations of an employer and an employee at law.  Where an employee is also covered under a Modern Award or Enterprise Agreement, that Award / Agreement will establish the minimum wages and working conditions of the employment, and will operate in conjunction with the employment agreement.

The terms of any employment agreement are also subject to the National Employment Standards (NES).

An employment agreement can only be varied by consent between the employer and an employee (i.e an employer cannot unilaterally change an employee’s employment agreement without the employee’s consent).

Employment / Staff Handbook (also known as a Policies and Procedures Manual)

A workplace handbook / manual lists various policies and procedures that all employees within a workplace are expected to follow.  The reason that such policies and procedures are contained in a separate handbook / manual, and not in an employment agreement, is as follows:

So my Question to you is ………. are you ready to start building a happy and productive team that will drive your business forward to success and let you live the life you went into business for?