As a Beauty Therapist, your employment contracts with your employees must comply with the Hair and Beauty Industry Award 2010. You should ensure your employment contracts are well drafted to protect you and minimise any ambiguity that may cause employment disputes.

Training Costs

If you provide or intend to provide training courses to your employees to further their skill base, you may disallow your employees from terminating their employment within a certain time period (e.g. one year) after commencing re-training. If the employee decides to leave within the specific time period, then the employee will be liable for the training costs paid by your beauty salon.

Uniform/Dress Policy

You may wish to enforce a specific uniform or dress policy for your employees. Such a policy may mandate specific attire or uniform for employees to wear during work hours, or may prohibit specific clothing to be worn by employees at work. The clause should specify whether you will supply the uniform, and whether it will be replaced if torn or lost.

Your dress policy may specify or describe the maintenance of your employees’ appearance such as inserting the words “neat appearance” or “minimal exposure of body piercings”. This ensures your beauty salon convey an image of professionalism to attract potential clients.

Non Compete/Restraint Clauses

To discourage your employees from competing with you or from acquiring your clients for their personal gain, you may specify a time period in which your employee is unable to work in the beauty industry after their termination of employment with you. Your clause should be reasonable, specific and not too broad; otherwise it may prohibit the employee from gaining further employment. For example the clause may state the employee is only prohibited to work at another beauty salon within three months and within one kilometre of your beauty salon. This clause may also prohibit your employee from competing with you, whilst being employed at your beauty salon.

Health and Safety Clauses

It is important for you to ensure that your beauty salon is a safe work environment for all of your employees. You may require your employees to undertake all reasonable directions regarding health and safety, and operate equipment with reasonable care and skill when undertaking their work duties. The clause may also state that you will provide protective clothing and safety equipment for your employees.

Other Clauses

Although these clauses are not specific to the beauty industry, it is important to include these in your employment contracts:

  • Job description and duties of a Beauty Therapist
  • Standard hours of work
  • Remuneration
  • Leave entitlements
  • Probationary period
  • Termination of Employment
  • Redundancy
  • Disciplinary procedures
  • Confidentiality
  • Definitions contained in employment contract

Conclusion

As an employer operating a beauty salon, you need well drafted employment contracts to avoid ambiguity and disputes from arising in your employer-employee relationships. To best ensure this, you should seek assistance from a business or employment lawyer when drafting your employment contracts.

Adi Snir

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