Teacher / Educator
Summary A school employing a teacher or educator on a permanent basis should consider using a written teacher’s employment contract.
Why do I need an Employment Contract? South African labour law is clear about the need for a written employment contract. Section 29 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act requires that every employee must be appointed in accordance with a written employment agreement. A written contract also helps to establish the parameters so that the employee knows what his/her rights and responsibilities are.
Who should use an Employment Contract? A written employment contract should be used for the employment of a teacher or educator.
This document caters for school terms and extra-mural requirements. Salary payments are provided for on a monthly basis, and a probation period is built in, giving the opportunity to determine whether the prospective employee is suitable for the position.
This contract may be considered for schools that are open on a term basis.
What does the agreement say? The agreement terms consist of: The Employer and Employee’s details; Commencement of employment and probation period; Remuneration; Pension and medical aid; Employee’s duties; Working hours and Leave; Termination.
What does the contract look like? The agreement can be printed onto eight pages.
What do you need to do to use the Employment Contract?
- Read the document to ensure that it suits your requirements. Make changes as required.
- Add in the relevant details as indicated as blanks in the document, sign the agreement, and get your Employee to sign as well.
Is an employment contract still valid if the employee doesn’t sign it? Yes, it is. It is clearly preferable for the employee to sign the terms of employment. But if he/she refuses to sign it, the employment contract remains valid.
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