From time to time there are employment disputes that I believe are of interest to the Church and I think this is one of them. It once again shows that need to have written and signed employment agreements PRIOR to the employee starting.
In this case a signed acceptance of a letter of offer of employment was held not to be acceptance of an attached employment agreement containing a 90-day trial period.
The Employment Relations Authority said that, for a trial period provision to be valid, s 67A of the Employment Relations Act 2000 required that the agreement itself be signed before the employee started work.
The employer in this case lost, was fined a fair bit of money and could not rely on the 90 day trial period.