Casuals and contracts of employment

Q. I am a small business owner and have a number of casuals as employees. Do I need to give them a written Employment Agreement (a casual contract)?

A: There is no legal requirement to provide employees who are casuals with a written casual contract of employment. However, employers are always better off providing one in case something goes wrong with the relationship between the employer and their employees in the future. This will then provide a point of reference to assist you if the employee starts accusing you of unreasonable things.

Too many times employment relationships start off well where both the employer and employee are happy, but then these relationships begin to sour over time or as the relationship begins to end. Where a casual contract is in place the employer is better protected for future issues that may arise overtime or very quickly.

Industryus HR has a full-service employment agreement drafting service, where we take the hassle out of small business trying to understand the legalities of drafting these documents. Call us on 07 5655 4047 or send us a message via our contact page to find out more and gain assistance from a HR specialist on these matters or any other matters you may have.

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