Whether you're hiring someone for a one-time job or starting up your own business, you'll need to draft an employment contract that clearly states the terms under which your employees are hired. An employment contract can be simple, but it must still cover all the aspects, from payment to responsibilities, that come with the job. Failure to include all of the vital information may result in legal action against you if your relationship with the employee goes awry.
Write the names of whom the contract is between, which is likely you and the your employee. Include your title, "employer," and "employee" next to the names for clarity. And if you have a business name, include this as well.
Write the specifics of employment, which include the start and end dates of employment, the payment schedule (hourly, monthly or a yearly salary), the job title and a list of duties expected of the employee.
Write any important policies you have regarding sick or vacation days, time off or maternity leave. State how these requests or events will affect the employee's pay.
Write a section explaining the process and repercussions of terminating the contract early. Include both under what conditions you, as the employer, are allowed to terminate the contract, and under what conditions the employee is allowed. Reasons for termination might include not completing the duties as required or committing a felony.
Include spaces at the bottom of the contract for both parties to sign, and date the contract above their typed names.
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