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Build easy, legal staff contracts

Relying on a handshake isn’t enough. You need an up-to-date employment agreement for every person you employ. So Business.govt.nz has launched the Employment Agreement Builder (external link)  (EAB) to help you create written agreements easily and effectively.

“EAB makes creating an employment agreement easy. It’s a powerful tool to give confidence to those involved in the hiring process and save them time and money,” says Business.govt.nz manager Matt Kennedy-Good. “Not only is a written employment agreement a legal requirement, it’s a great foundation for a good employment relationship.”

DIY with confidence

With EAB, you can:

  • create tailored employment agreements quickly and easily
  • understand which clauses are must-haves — and which are best avoided except in certain circumstance
  • get advice on what different industries might need to include
  • read up on common mistakes and how to avoid them.

EAB will be constantly updated so you don’t have to worry about brushing up on employment law changes every time you create a new contract. We’ll inform you of any such changes in this newsletter.

Feedback so far has been positive. “It’s much more user-friendly and has nice plain English wording. This is so helpful for people who aren't 100% sure about what has to and doesn't have to be included in an employment agreement,” one EAB user told us.

Designed for small businesses by small businesses

To build EAB we worked with small businesses owners in different industries all over New Zealand. We heard about their experiences with employing new staff and what they thought a good employment agreement tool might look like. We also worked with labour inspectors, union experts and employment lawyers.

We couldn’t have created EAB without all this valuable knowledge.

If you’re a small business owner, operator or adviser and would like to help us shape tools and content for Business.govt.nz, join our customer group. Your insights will play an important role in helping other small businesses thrive.

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