Concluding an employment contract

In an employment contract, you agree with your employee on tasks, working hours, pay and any other benefits and conditions.

When a new employee starts working, prepare and sign an employment contract before the first workday. An oral employment contract is valid, but it is recommended to draw up the employment contract in writing. It is easier for both you and your employee to check the agreed tasks, pay, and other terms in a written agreement. 

If you wish to enter into a fixed-term contract, you must have an acceptable reason for doing so. The most common reasons relate to the work being substitute work, seasonal work, or project-based.  

You must also consider the minimum provisions of any collective agreement. Familiarise yourself with the collective agreement of your field, if applicable.

If you would like to read more about the topic, visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's website, which contains comprehensive information on employment contracts and the related legislation.

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