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.

Changing a word here or a sentence there can have the effect of changing the intent of the agreement – or even worse, invalidate it altogether.

Yes, REEF’s template employment agreements and the associated commission structures are extensive, detailed documents. But they are like that for very good reason.

The relationship between employer and employee is a complex one, and the agreement governing that relationship needs to reflect this complexity and cover the raft of situations that may arise over time.

From an employer’s perspective, the primary goal in using one of our templates is to carefully and meticulously define the terms and conditions of employment and provide the best protection in the event of an employment claim.

A member recently suggested to me that REEF’s template agreements are too overwhelming for employees and that a more user-friendly two-page version would be preferable. My answer? Our agreements are so comprehensive because our statistics show that around 1 in 5 employment relationships “blow up”.

REEF’s strength in defending you in an action brought by a disgruntled ex-employee primarily stems from the comprehensive nature of our template employment agreements and associated commission structures.

If you have questions about our templates, give us a call on 1300 616 170. We’re only too happy to help you navigate this important aspect of the employment relationship.

BRYAN WILCOX
Chief Executive Officer