If you are looking to create a painting business, or looking to build upon your already existing painting business, you should consider what to include in your employment contracts. The great aspect of being a painter is that every job is different, and every job presents its own unique challenges. This means that your employees must be able to work efficiently and effectively in a wide range of circumstances and situations, and be prepared for any eventuality. The most effective way to ensure that this occurs is by creating distinct, well-rounded contracts that reflect your personal vision for your painting business.

How will employment contracts help my painting business?

Employment contracts define the role of every employee within your business, which means that they form the foundation upon which the structure of your business is built. Without clear and precise employment contracts, there is a good chance that your business will grind to an unceremonious halt. This is because an employment contract allows an employee to understand exactly where they stand within the business. As a result, your employees will be well aware of the roles and responsibilities expected of them, and be better able to identify areas in which they can improve within your painting business.

Without well-worded and in-depth employment contracts, your employees will be unable to grasp where they belong within your business structure. As a business owner it is sometimes a good idea to take a step back, and view your business from the perspective of a new employee. Therefore, as a new employee entering your business, where is the first place you would turn in order to understand what is required of you. The answer is, your employment contract. As a new employee, your employment contract become both your bible and your instruction manual. Consequently, as a business owner, you should put a significant amount of time and effort in ensuring that your employment contracts are up to this standard.

Will my employment contracts protect me from liability?

Employment contracts are the front line of defence, when protecting your painting business from financial and legal liability. As a result, your employment contracts should contain all information concerning safety aspects of the job, as well as guidelines as to how employees should behave when working with one another.

Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and when they do you want to ensure that your business will not suffer as a result. Many employers fail to include safety regulations in their employment contracts, instead, relying on on-site education. While important, it is very difficult to prove the adequacy of on-site safety education in a court of law. Therefore, you should include these in your employment contracts, so that your painting business in protected at all times.

In addition, in cases involving harassment in the workplace, you need to ensure that you are not fostering a negative environment in which harassment can occur. The most effective way to do this is, again, to include provisions within your employment contracts that clearly state what is expected of an employee in terms of social behaviour within a workplace. Finally, you can include provisions within your employment contracts that state what action will be taken if your employees behave in a manner that is inappropriate, which will alleviate the pressure on you, the owner, as there will be clear sanctions to follow.

Can I draft an employment contract myself?

Without prior legal experience it can prove to be very difficult to draft an employment contract yourself. However, this does not mean that you have to rely on a lawyer for every single aspect of your contracts. Legal Vision has created an example of how a legal professional can assist you with creating your employment contracts, and work with you to tailor your contracts to your business. The example can be found here.

Conclusion

If you are looking to create a painting business, or build upon your already existing painting business, you should consider what to include in your employment contracts. Employment contracts form the foundation of your business, by reinforcing your business model so that your employees know where they stand at all times. In addition, they protect your business from legal and financial liability, in the event of an accident or something that is beyond your control, while providing you with a mechanism for discipline that is fair and reasonable. Drafting your own employment contracts con be difficult however, and it is advisable that at some point during the process you seek legal advice. If you would like someone to assist you with this process, call Legal Vision for a fixed-fee quote.

Lachlan McKnight

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