Indemnities make you harm free from legal liability.
You can ask your employee to indemnify you if they choose to breach an essential term of the contract like the restraint of trade. There are other uses for indemnities, for example if you hand over a company car you may seek to get an indemnity from insurance issues or being vicariously liable for damage.
If you are thinking of inserting an indemnity into your contracts or asking an employee to sign an indemnity then we recommend that you seek proper legal advice due to its complexity and the potential severity of the outcomes.
We can draft an indemnity clause and/or a agreement that will protect your interests, while still being reasonable and easy to understand for an employee.
This depends on what you are doing and what the cost to your business will be if you do not get one.
Your employees have a lawful right to refuse to change their working conditions. It may also be a breach of their general protections if you adversely treat them for exercising that right.
Not all businesses need indemnities, we suggest you consider what your business needs and have a chat to us about whether an indemnity is required.