A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF EMPLOYERS' RIGHTS & RESPONSIBILITIES
As an employer, what do I have to do? According to employment law, you must act in good faith, remain communicative and uphold the Employment Relations Act whether you are a large or small business.
What documents do I have to keep? You need to keep records of pay, holiday pay and other leave entitlements. You also need to keep copies of employment agreements and amendments or changes to employment conditions. You should keep documentation of any issues, both with an employee and health and safety concerns. This is not an exhaustive list, and if you have any areas of concern then we recommend seeking advice from an employment law specialist.
Why does it seem that the employee has more rights than the employer? It can sometimes seem this way! Employers have the same rights as an employee to a safe working environment and employees do need to act in good faith and remaining communicative as well. However most processes do work to guide the employer in order to protect them from grievances and making errors as they have more control over the employment relationship than an employee.