You can simplify the various employment entitlements applying under numerous Awards by implementing an Enterprise Agreement that covers all of your current and future employees (or a particular sub-set of your employees). Whether you are able to do this when you are just starting out will depend on a number of factors, including how many employees you have and the type of work they perform.
Independent contractor/consultant agreements
Many workers are engaged as consultants or independent contractors without being employees and having employment entitlements. However it is not enough that your worker simply has his or her own company (ACN) or registered business name (ABN) in order for them to be an independent contractor. There are a number of hallmarks of an independent contractor versus an employee, and it is important that you understand these and document the arrangement properly before the relationship starts.
You should document your business’ policies about how workers should conduct themselves. Not only do policies clearly set out your expectations, but they can also protect your business from liability for unfair dismissal, general protections, work health and safety, sexual harassment and discrimination.
Policies you should consider adopting include:
- Work Health and Safety
- Anti-Discrimination & Sexual Harassment
- IT & Social Media
- Workplace Surveillance
- Flexible Working Arrangements
- Employee Leave
- Drug & Alcohol Use
These policies are all available for purchase from us as templates. Alternatively we can tailor a policy specifically to suit your business.