As a business grows from a small start-up to a structured business it is incredibly important to make sure that you put systems in place to cover anything the world throws at you from sickness, to legal challenges, structure and clients...... here is an interesting article that shows just how important doing things properly is - and don't think this won't happen to you, it is more common than you think.... unfortunately.
A farming family has discovered the value of a signed contract over a handshake after a bush lawyer tried to take them to the cleaners.
A farmer, who did not want to be identified for fear of reprisal, told the Taranaki Daily News she believes her family was targeted by a new employee trying to bait them into a summary dismissal.
She said that despite initial misgivings and his insistence on making a handshake deal, they pushed for an employment contract to be signed.
"We needed someone to help us and we were exhausted.
"Even though we really had those alarm bells, we were probably grateful that we were going to get someone to lighten our load.