Knowing how to draw up a construction employment contract can mean the difference between a nasty lawsuit and a successful employer/employee relationship. Regardless of how short or long the project you have in mind is, it is important to cover all the details in writing to ensure that both you and your employee are covered in case of accidents and that the rate of pay is agreed upon, as well as work conditions and details regarding the exact job requirements. A solid contract helps eliminate any legal issues down the road and covers the most important aspects of the employer/employee relationship.
Determine the parameters of the project. These can include such things as the estimated length of the job, physical or mental requirements, educational requirements, rate of pay, etc. Look at the project from every angle to determine what exact requirements you will have for any potential employees, such as expected work hours per day and week, and the exact job description. Be precise, because leaving out little details can come back to haunt you later on.
Download a contract form online. A standard employment contract will give you the basis for your outline and you can customize it from there. Be simple to start, as you can refine it later and include all of the details from your overview. Clearly state the terms related to rate of pay, expected hours per work week and the job description. Use the full legal name of both yourself and the employee in question when filling in the personal details. Include the date and make sure there is a place for both parties to sign and print their names at the bottom.
Be precise with the language of your contract. While you do not need to use legal words, you should avoid using loose terminology or general terms. The terms should be comprehensive, yet easy to understand, with all the facts, dates, relevant information and full legal names of everyone involved. If in doubt, have someone familiar with employment contracts take a look at your draft to iron out any potential flaws before moving on to the signature stage.
Keep a copy of the signed contract after both parties have agreed to the terms.
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