Are you looking to start your own tiling business, or expand your already existing tiling business? As the owner of a tiling business, you should place great importance upon what you include in your employment contracts. Employment contracts are the pillar stone upon which the entire structure of your business can be built. Unfortunately, many business owners ignore their employment contracts, because they think they are either too hard to deal with, or not necessary for the business. Thankfully for your business, neither of these assumptions are true, as employment contracts can be simple to create, and are something upon which you can base your entire business.

What should I include in my employment contracts?

As the owner of a tiling business, it can be difficult to know where to begin when creating your employment contracts. Your employees may work with a vast array of materials from, granite, marble, stone, slate, quartz, ceramic, porcelain and glass. This means that your employment contracts can either specify exactly what is required of each employee when working with each separate material, or you can take a more general approach. There is no right or wrong answer, as each business is different, and each business owner manages their employees in their own way.

In addition, as a tiler you are often required to work in a range of unique situations, whether that be working with other trades on a worksite, repairing a rare set of tiles, or racing the weather to complete a job. Once again, it can be difficult to account for all these situations when creating your employment contracts. However, the more detail you include in your employment contracts, the more certain you can be that your business will be covered in the event of a mishap or accident. Consequently, it is advisable that in your employment contracts, you include safety measures that can be adapted to the vast array of situations in which you and your employees will find yourselves.

Finally, employment contracts do no only concern the work your employees do for you. They also affect how your employees behave with one another. This is due to the fact that your employment contacts should clearly state the definition, and consequences of any harassment that may occur in the workplace. As the owner of your tiling business you are responsible for more than just the work that is done. The behaviour of your employees is also your responsibility. Different people go about ensuring the good behaviour of their employees in different ways. However, the most effective, and indeed, the simplest way to ensure good behaviour, is through your employment contracts. This can be achieved through leaving no room for manoeuvre within your employment contracts by defining what constitutes harassment, and outlining a severe course of action that will be followed in the event of such behaviour.

Do I need legal advice when creating employment contracts?

The short answer is, if you do not have prior legal experience, your will need to seek legal advice when drafting your employment contracts. However, this does not mean that you should rely on a legal professional to create all of your contracts. You, and only you, know the vision that you have for your tiling business, and this cannot be achieved if you leave everything in the hands of someone who is not necessarily familiar with your business.

As a result, if you wish, you can draft a substantial amount of your contracts before even seeking legal advice. Alternatively, you can seek legal advice immediately, with a legal professional to tailor the terms and conditions of your contracts in order to suit your particular needs. LegalVision has created a guide concerning how an employment lawyer can help your with creating employment contracts for your business, which can be found here. Therefore, you should choose the option that works best for you, when seeking legal advice.

Conclusion

Are you looking to start your own tiling business, or expand your already existing tiling business? If so, you should begin to consider what you are going to include in your employment contracts. Employment contracts will allow you to streamline your business by ensuring that your employees can work on a vast array of jobs, while keeping them safe and your business protected from any liability. They will also ensure a healthy workplace by defining how employees should relate to one another, while also giving you recourse to disciplinary measures. Finally, you should seek legal advice at some point during the drafting of your employment contracts, but how you do this is completely up to you. If you wish to obtain further legal advice, call LegalVision for a fixed-fee quote.

Lachlan McKnight

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