After convenience store franchise 7-Eleven came under fire for “systematic wage abuse” for paying employees as little as $5/hour, they have recently appointed a former police officer to investigate their franchisee’s procedures.
The scandal has caused a lot of grief for 7-Eleven, with not only lengthy and expensive court proceedings but also a tarnishing of their brand.
Employment law can be a messy area, which is why it is important to do it right from the very start with concise, well-drafted employment contracts and transparent procedures, to avoid complications later on. Some questions to ask yourself when planning your employment contracts:
- Is the person classified as an employee or a contractor?
- What is the person entitled to? (eg. wages, leave benefits, minimum or maximum work hours per week, etc.)
- What is your liability as an employer?
- Do you need to protect your intellectual property?
- Do you need a confidentiality clause?
- Are you aware of any requirements under the NES (National Employment Standards), of any awards that exist, etc.?
I have worked with many businesses to draft employment agreements and provide advice. Contact me on or 1300 033 934 for a no-obligation chat to see how I can help you.