As a small business owner, you may also be an employer, or perhaps you are thinking of hiring someone for the first time. In that case, i would like to begin by congratulating you and giving you my honors. Being or about to become an employer is in itself a good mark, both for you as an entrepreneur and as a citizen of society.
Having said this, employment law can be perceived as both vague and complicated. As a small employer, you are often alone, without any safety net, with a powerful trade union on the other side. We get a lot of questions about labor law in particular. Keep calling! In fact, i have a favorite horse when it comes to labor law, which is that procedure is more important than the rules in substance.
If you just manage the contacts with the employee and with the union in the right way from the beginning, problems can often be solved without the whole thing derailing into major conflicts and ransoms. Here i will list some things that are important to think about for you as an employer. With these rules of thumb, you get pretty far and you often avoid the worst blind spots.
Keep in mind that collective agreements with the union can both limit and expand your options. Collective agreements can be bound by membership of a single employer organization or by having signed a special collective agreement with the union. The collective agreement may contain provisions that go further than the law, such as which forms of employment are permitted and what applies to holidays. The rules on salaries are, of course, essential to know. On the other hand, the agreement can mean greater flexibility when it comes to working hours, for example.
Always draw up a written employment contract. In addition to the fact that the most important terms of employment must be written down by law, it is often the employer who must prove his case should a dispute suddenly arise over what has been agreed. One of the most important things to be able to prove is that it is a question of a limited-time employment or probationary employment (see below), if you have now agreed on it. We can offer employment contracts and/or contract templates that suit your business at a good package price.
Take advantage of the opportunity for trial employment. Hiring someone is always associated with a certain risk. A wrong recruitment can become an expensive story, but you can reduce the risk by agreeing on a limited-term employment. Probationary employment is the most suitable form if it is intended that the employment will then apply indefinitely. It is permitted to employ someone on a trial basis for a maximum of six months, and the employment can then be terminated prematurely or terminated at the end of the period after notification from the employer at least two weeks in advance.