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Protect yourself in employment agreements with these three steps

by , 06 September 2015
Despite South African labour laws offering your employees lots of protection, you too have a certain degree of flexibility as to what you and your employees agree to.

Here are three steps that you can take you protect yourself in employment agreements:

Step#1: Design an employment agreement that complies with the law but at the same time suits your business practices. This will ensure a positive balance in your agreements.

Step#2: Make it an absolute requirement for the prospective employee to sign the employment agreement before he commences work.


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Does your chairman cover all the necessary points when chairing a disciplinary hearing?
Are your employment contracts up-to-date and do they include the minimum law requirements?
Do you have all the relevant documentation to win your case if a dispute arises with an employee?
Have you given all your past employees a certificate of service?

Step#3: Explain the contents of the contract to the prospective employee in a language that he understands. This is required by law so don't miss out on it! 

Note that if the prospective employee/applicant speaks another language, you may very well need to get an interpreter to assist you. 
So there are three simple steps to follow when protecting yourself in employment agreements. 

Following these three steps will ensure that:

The employee has given written confirmation to you over the agreement; and
There will be written evidence  the employee understood the contents of the contract.
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