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Employment Documents

An employment relationship between an employee and employer arises out of a contract to perform services (ie. Work). This is so whether the contract is in writing or not. The general principles relating to contract law therefore apply to every employment contract.


- Full Time Employment



- Part Time Employment



- Casual Employment



- Associated Employment Documents



The Employment Act prescribes a number of minimum conditions of employment concerning matters such as basic rates of pay, statutory holidays, ordinary hours of work, annual leave, end of year payments, personal leave and parental leave.

An employment relationship is recognised as being a relationship of trust, dependence and confidence. This imposes duties at common law on employees such as:

  • to follow lawful and reasonable instructions;
  • to act in good faith in the course of carrying out his/her employment duties;
  • to avoid conflicts between his/her personal interests and the interests of the employer;
  • not to improperly use the information and property of his/her employer;
  • not to disparage or cause deliberate damage or harm to the employer.

Prudent employers ensure that the terms upon which they employ people are clearly set out in writing in an Employment Contract and that the written document complies with the current law.

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