Advice: your guide to employment contracts

By Drum Digital
02 March 2011

IT SOUNDS simple enough. You’ve got the job you applied for, you understand what it entails and you’re eager to prove yourself and get to work. But before you do – especially if it’s your first job – make sure you understand the terms and conditions of your employment or you might find yourself in a tricky situation – either while you’re still working for your employers or when you decide it’s time to move on.

Employment contracts are legally binding documents that many of us tend to sign without fully understanding them or without reading them properly, warns Pretoria labour lawyer John Mphethe. This can have significant and far-reaching consequences, sometimes to your detriment.

Take the case of Dayandren Reddy, who discovered he was bound to his former employer even though he’d resigned from the company. Dayandren had signed a restraint of trade agreement, which limits a worker’s future employment prospects should he or she choose to resign.

Read the article in the Drum of 10 March 2011 – and share your views below.

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