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Peninsula: Employment Contracts and Handbooks

This employment law guide explores the basics of employment contracts and handbooks and offers guidance on how to avoid common pitfalls.

The contract of employment covers a wide variety of terms and clauses which can be introduced in to the contractual relationship through various methods, including being expressly written, verbally stated or implied in to the relationship.

The contract of employment sets out the employment rights, duties and responsibilities and will cover more than the initial signed document. The document which an employee first signs when offered the job will usually be a statement which contains the main terms of employment.

A handbook is an important tool to allow employees to know what rules they work under but, also, what is required of them in the workplace. Issuing company handbooks upon commencement of employment allows employees to access this information immediately and also to refer back to it at a later date.

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