Often people get into work-related trouble due to not reading an employment contract carefully. Some even do not negotiate it as needed. However, a clearly negotiated and carefully drafted employment contract can save you from a lot of headaches. In fact, setting out the obligations of each party and the expectations that you will have from each other will minimize the risk of future disputes. Of course, negotiating a contract can be difficult and time- and energy-consuming but it’s worth it. Often, employers hire an experienced employment law attorney to help them draft the document. The following are the key things that should be in your employment contract.
Names of the parties
- The employer’s organization details
- Employee’s full name and address
This is the exact date when the employee should take on their job responsibilities.
Job title and job description
Your job title and description should be aligned with the job offer. Both the job offer and the employment contract should make it clear what your position in the organization is and what your responsibilities as a specific specialist are.
The contract should specify how many hours an employee should work as well as the additional hours the employer reasonably requests.
The contract specifies how much salary the employee is going to receive. By this, gross salary before tax and any deductions should be understood. An employment contract should also specify the payment date and frequency.
This clause defines in which circumstances the employer can make deductions from the worker’s salary.
In some instances, the employee might need to be reimbursed for specific work-related expenses. This clause determines how such expenses should be regulated.
Holidays, sickness and disability
The following should be discussed and included in this section:
- When will the holiday year run from?
- How many days per year can the employee be on a holiday?
- Are public holidays included or excluded from those days?
- By what time the worker should inform the employer that they will be unable to attend work?
- When does the employer require a doctor’s certificate?
- Will the employee receive any kind of sick pay?
This clause of the employment contract should detail the notice period given by either the employee or the employer.
One day we are all going to retire. So make sure your employment contract includes information about the retirement policy that every organization should have in place.
This is a vital clause in any employment contract. It states that each paragraph or clause is independent and has nothing to do with the others.
Note that these elements of an employment contract are by no means the complete list of what could be in your contract. In fact, it is a good idea to consult an employment law attorney before you sign any kind of agreement with the employer or employee. You can contact The Margarian Law Firm for legal help. Call us now at 818-553-1000 to schedule a free first consultation.