Executive Employment Agreement
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What is an Executive Employment Agreement?
An Executive Employment Agreement is a contract used to document your employment arrangement with an executive joining your company.
The main purposes of this contract are to:
- cover the terms and conditions of employment
- provide clarity to both the employer and employee about their rights and obligations
- facilitate executive performance (including KPIs to encourage improved or higher performance)
- protect the legal interests of both parties, particularly in the termination of employment
Who is this Executive Employment Agreement for?
- Companies looking to hire an executive
- Senior Managers
What does our Executive Employment Agreement template include?
Our Executive Employment Agreement template covers all of the important terms you need:
- Employment – employment agreement
- Duties – title, compliance with policy and procedures, full time appointment
- Remuneration – salary, bonuses, superannuation and expenses
- Leave Entitlements – entitlements for annual leave, personal/carers’ leave and other leave types
- Confidentiality – to protect confidential information belonging to the business
- Intellectual Property – to protect intellectual property
- Conflict of Interest – to prevent conflicts
- Termination – how either party can terminate the agreement, including notice period
- Restraint of trade – restraint clause to protect your business interests
- Dispute Resolution – process to deal with disputes
- Job Description – schedule with all key details for the job description
Other names for an Executive Employment Agreement
- Executive Employment Contract
- Senior Executive Employment Agreement
- Directors Employment Agreement
- Executive Director Employment Agreement
- CEO Employment Agreement
What is an executive employee?
An executive employee is anyone hired in a senior position at your company. This includes Directors, CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, General Managers and Senior Managers.
They generally have more responsibility and accountability than normal employees and are responsible for managing a team or business function.
Do I need an Executive Employment Agreement contract?
Yes, absolutely! A contract protects both the employer and employee.
An employment contract will help set the ground rules in black and white, so everyone knows their obligations and how everything will work. You need a properly written contract to enforce your rights and make sure your business is legally protected if something goes wrong.
Does this template include a restraint clause?
Yes, it does.
A restraint of trade clause helps to protect your business interests. It prevents the ex-employee from soliciting or approaching your employees, contractors, clients and customers after they have ceased employment with your company.
Remember that trade restraints are only enforceable if you can prove that the restraint is necessary to protect your legitimate interests. This may not be the case if the restraint runs for an excessive period of time, covers a geographical area that is too broad, or extends beyond the industry in which you primarily operate.
Negotiating changes to the contract
It’s very common for executives to negotiate the terms of a contract before they accept a new role. Don’t be surprised if you receive a request to make some changes to the terms.
As a company, you can make a commercial decision about any changes you accept or do not accept.
Common items which can be negotiated include:
- Remuneration – including annual salary, bonuses and other entitlements
- Leave entitlements – including annual leave, long service leave and parental leave
- Notice period – required notice period for the employer or employee before terminating the agreement
- Restraint of Trade – length of time, geographical area, any exemptions etc
- Key Performance Indicators – any targets or KPIs which are set and how they affect commissions or bonuses
- Termination Payments – including share options or lump sum amounts
We recommend that you consult the Fair Work website to read up on the National Employment Standards (NES) before using this template.
Senior managers and executives are unlikely to be covered by an award or enterprise agreement, but they are still covered by the National Employment Standards.
These 10 standards relate to maximum hours of work, annual leave, personal leave, parental leave, flexible working arrangements, community service leave, long service leave, public holidays, notice/redundancy and the requirement that you be given a Fair Work Information Statement.
You can view a handy guide to hiring new employees HERE.
Is my employee covered by an Award?
Awards apply to employers and employees depending on the industry they work in and the type of job worked. Every award has information about who it covers in the coverage clause (usually clause 4) and the job classifications (usually in the pay clause or a schedule).
More than 100 industry or occupation awards cover most people who work in Australia. An employer can be covered by multiple awards, depending on the employees’ jobs.
You can use the Find My Award tool to check for award coverage on the Fair Work website. As stated above, it’s likely that executives will be “award-free”.
If you are unsure about an employee’s status, you should seek legal advice.
Is this Executive Employment Agreement template legally binding?
All our templates are written by qualified Australian lawyers who hold an Australian legal practising certificate.
Our co-founder Courtney Bowie is a partner in Sydney law firm, Her Lawyer.
I downloaded the Executive Employment Agreement to resolve the problem we our historical template which was years old. The new version is excellent it covers all aspects and our MD is very happy.
Good overall contract
I really like the automated fields and the highlighted sections to pre-fill. A good contract covering the important areas.
Executive Employment Template
Thankyou , this was such an easy template to use. It was very straightforward, great for all involved Robb , Flourish Gift and Home
All of our templates come in Word format (docx).
We recommend using Microsoft Word on a desktop to fill in the templates.
Our templates are Word documents so they’re editable.
We don’t recommend editing the template outside the highlighted areas. An experienced lawyer wrote your template. If you delete or modify clauses it could affect your protection.
We know you’re a smart cookie, but we highly recommend avoiding the temptation to fiddle.
Yes, you get lifetime access to your template.
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All of our templates come with instructions on the first page.
We also include comments throughout the document to help guide you as you fill out each section.
Yes. All our templates are written by qualified Australian lawyers who hold an Australian legal practicing certificate.
Our co-founder Courtney Bowie is a partner in Sydney law firm, Her Lawyer.
Yes. You can use the templates in all Australian states and territories.
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