An enterprise agreement is an agreement between the works council and the employer. Therefore, there are no enterprise agreements without a company committee. Negotiating enterprise agreements is one of the main tasks of a company committee. One of the most important things that needs to be defined in your employment contract is your role. Clearly explaining your role as an independent contractor can be helpful when it comes to submitting your taxes, and it can also be beneficial to the client, as it will be clear that you are a contractor and not an employee. An employment contract can be used if you need someone to help you with a project, but you don`t want to hire a full-time employee. Read 3 min Since the mid-1980s, the enterprise contract has become increasingly important in Austria as an instrument for regulating employment conditions as part of the general trend towards greater flexibility. In particular, many sectoral collective agreements have delegation clauses (opening clauses) that should allow for greater flexibility in working time. Such clauses allow management and corporate committees to enter into enterprise agreements regulating certain working periods within the general framework of collective agreements.

Recently, such delegation clauses have also been agreed for certain sectors in order to increase wage flexibility. Enterprise agreements can be used to address many issues within the company. This applies in particular to the issues in which the Works Council has a say. For example, an enterprise contract may regulate working time patterns, workplace safety or Internet use, e-mails and social media in the company. In the public sector, agreements between the Agency and the staff committee are referred to as “service agreements.” This agreement allows the parties to write down the exact nature and details of the work to be carried out, as well as the responsibilities of each party throughout the construction. The terms of payment for the project are also mentioned. In general, there are three different types of price agreements: formalizing a business relationship requires the use of a contract.