Check clauses before you sign

BEFORE you sign on the dotted line there are a few things you might want to check on in your new job contract that might make all the difference in the future.

1. Are the perks written into the contract as well as salary reviews?

Pay level and benefits are often the first considerations of anyone considering accepting a new job.

Be careful to look beyond the initial salary offer to make sure that the contact either specifies increases for the coming years, or provides a mechanism for you to seek a salary review within each financial or calendar year.

No employee wants to find themselves unable to start discussions about salary increases or at the discretion of their employer as to whether they receive a payrise.

2. In this economic climate will you need redundancy provisions?

In some workplaces the likelihood of redundancy is high, for example in industries experiencing downturn like mining, high risk start up enterprises or those businesses at the mercy of law reform.

Check your contract includes details about severance pay and entitlements and ask for that to be added in if it doesn't.

3. If your job is terminated, how much notice must they give you?

There are legal minimum notice periods, based on years of service, that all employees should receive if they are made redundant or their employment is terminated.

The notice period in your contract must be at least that set amount but ideally it should be better.

If necessary consider seeking legal advice so that your eyes are wide open when you eventually sign your name on a legally binding employment contract.

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