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HR Fundamentals: Drafting Employment Contracts - Getting the Foundations Right

Recorded: 15/3/19 Duration: 1 hour ABOUT THE RECORD


About the Webinar

Recorded: 15/3/19

Duration: 1 hour


A well-drafted employment contract can provide a strong foundation for a positive employment relationship and helps minimise the risk of disputes down the track. However, choosing the right type of employment contract can be difficult. This session examines the key issues that HR professionals need to consider when documenting employment arrangements and how you can best manage these risks. It covers:

  • Do you always need a written employment contract?

  • Determining the right employment type: permanent, casual, fixed term or maximum term – and why it matters

  • Compliance with the NES and applicable modern award or enterprise agreement

  • Key inclusions to consider: salary, superannuation, annual leave, probation periods, long service leave, confidentiality, ownership of intellectual property that the employee creates, termination of employment and obligations on termination

  • Is the employment contract consistent with your company’s policies and procedures?

Presented By

Philippa Noakes
Partner, Seyfarth Shaw Australia Sydney, NSW

Philippa’s experience covers the spectrum of employee-employer relations and she provides timely, effective and strategic advice to solve workplace concerns as they arise. If a client has an issue that needs to be addressed, Philippa works to ensure that the concern is resolved in a way that meets the commercial and operational drivers for her clients. Philippa works with clients across a broad range of industries including retail, financial services, transport, logistics, and the legal industry (yes, lawyers need lawyers too).

At heart, Philippa is a litigator and relishes the opportunity to represent her clients’ interests in tribunals and courts in all jurisdictions. In litigious matters, Philippa has carved out a niche expertise in contentious and often high profile restraint litigation, and pairs this with a love for complex industrial and employment disputes. Philippa is an exceptional project manager of large litigious disputes and works with clients to make sure such matters are managed in a way that limits the time-cost to employers who need to get on with business as usual.

Philippa loves working at Seyfarth. She is surrounded by colleagues who are passionate about employment and industrial law and solving client concerns. Working at Seyfarth means working with the best of the best.

Who Should Attend?

This webinar is suitable for human resources professionals – Australia wide. This webinar is for professionals with some knowledge in this area and looking to improve their knowledge.


If you need assistance or have an enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact our Webinar Coordinator, Lisa Tran on (03) 8601 7709 or email: [email protected]

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