17 February Alternative employment agreement not approved by REEF February 17, 2017 By Reef Admin Employment agreements 0 It's come to our attention that a rent roll broker is approaching real estate employers in NSW via email with an alternative template employment agreement. The cost to purchase this agreement is $100 per agreement, $550 for an initial consultation with the broker's preferred lawyer and then additional legal costs to have the document customised to the needs of the individual business. It's important to point out that REEF is not associated in any way with this offering, nor do we endorse it. In response to the apparent widespread distribution of this email, REEF has sought specialist legal advice as to the content, structure and enforceability of this alternative agreement. Having received and considered the legal advice, REEF strongly recommends that members exercise extreme caution if considering use of this alternative template employment agreement. As you are aware, REEF provide members with its own range of template employment agreements which can be found on our website. These have been specifically tailored to the real estate industry, are regularly reviewed and are provided to our members as part of their membership. As such, we're comfortable that our employment agreements better protect you in the relationship between you and your employees, including the legally complex area of post-employment obligations. If you have any questions about this email, please call REEF on (02) 9261 2666. Related REEF President gives 2017 annual report at AGM At the recent AGM, REEF President Fred Andriessen presented his annual report and provided a snapshot of just some of the activities REEF has been involved in over the course of 2017. REEF President gives annual report at AGM At the recent AGM, REEF President Fred Andriessen presented his first annual report to members and shared some of REEF's big wins during 2016. Court finds 15km post-employment restraint reasonable One of the most common problems faced by real estate employers is what to do to protect the commercial goodwill of the business from exploitation by ex-employees. REEF's Workplace Relations Advisor, Laura Clark, examines this all to common problem and details a recent Supreme Court case where a real estate employer successfully had a post-employment restraint upheld. Keeping post-employment restraints intact Enforcing a post-employment restraint can be extremely complex – and expensive! Matthew Robinson provides tips to help members through the process and maximise their chances of success. How can I restrain an ex-employee's conduct? It’s a common misconception that a post-employment restraint in an employee’s contract of employment isn’t worth the paper it’s written on. But the absence of a restraint leaves you with very limited opportunity to restrain an ex-employee's objectionable conduct. A message from the CEO: Beware changing REEF templates I always emphasise to members that they shouldn't change or modify REEF template employment agreements or commission structures without talking to us first. Why? The answer is simple. Comments are closed.