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Module 1: The employment cycle

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Human resource management: employment packages, agreements and contracts

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Business Management - Human resource management: employment packages,
agreements and contracts

Employment packages, agreements and contracts

The employer and the prospective employee must then meet to discuss
remuneration [1] and the terms and conditions of employment. An award or an
enterprise agreement may already have set the actual remuneration levels
and the terms and conditions of employment. The 'safety net' of employment
terms and conditions would have already been prescribed by legislation, [2]
either State, Commonwealth, or Country legislation. However, there may also
be an individual contract that may be drawn up between the employee and the
employer.

The actual terms and conditions of employment may vary greatly between
employees. The actual level of remuneration included in the individual's
employment package may be a combination of material and non-material types.
The individual employee and the employer will need to consider all relevant
legislation, [3] when negotiating the employment package. There are many
different types of benefits that may be included in an employment package
for employees. They include motor vehicles, education expenses, share
issues, profit sharing arrangements, vacations, provision of technological
equipment, e.g. mobile computers and mobile phones, office location, and
other benefits such as medical expenses, retirement [4] funds, and
superannuation contributions. The majority of employees will, however,
simply be offered a flat wage and 'safety net' terms and conditions of
employment.

There are a number of workplace agreements that a prospective employee may
be asked to agree to and sign before accepting employment. These agreements
may be in the form of a Workplace Agreement, a Certified Agreement,an
Enterprise Flexibility Agreement, or a similar Agreement by another name,
depending in which part of the world you reside or are working in. These
agreements will set out rates of pay, conditions of work including hours of
work, leave provisions, employee relations [5] and dispute resolution
procedures, termination or severance processes and career and promotion
paths. Management will have decided which of these agreements will be used
within the organisation.

On the other hand, an individual employee contract may be used to set out
all of the above conditions. This contract will be between the individual
employee and the employer and be for a stated period of time and negotiated
directly between the individual employee and the employer.

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