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Five tips on style and format in your employment contracts

by , 20 September 2015
Employment contracts are very important documents. And so, giving them an adequate style and format is critical to it holding the weight it does.

Take note of these five tips around style and format when drafting employment contracts:

1.Choose the level of formality you wish to use.

You could use informal language for a letter of appointment and more formal language for contracts. You may decide to use informal language for lower level employees and more formal language for higher level employees.

There isn't really a 'right' or 'wrong' approach.


Ensure you maintain your chosen style throughout the document.

3.Number your clauses

It is a good idea to number the clauses in the contract.

But too many sub-paragraphs can make the document confusing and unnecessarily long.

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4.Sequence of clauses

The sequence of your clauses should follow a logical and chronological order.

This will reduce any confusion within the document.

5.Keep it simple

Keep clauses to the point and clear.

Avoid overcomplicated legal language, duplication and lengthy clauses.

So, there were five tips to keep in mind with regard to the style and format of employment contracts.

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