A subcontractor is an individual worker who is hired by a business to complete specialized work for the business. This can include working on a construction or development site or performing budgeting planning or techniques for a management team. When a subcontractor is hired by a company, an employment agreement must be created between the parties to make the agreement legal and to protect both parties in case the agreement goes wrong.
Outlined Tasks and Responsibilities
The subcontractor employment agreement must outline what is expected of the hired subcontractor. This can include the daily tasks or the final goal of the project that the subcontractor is hired to complete. Other responsibilities can include reporting to the manager of the department overseeing the project or writing update reports to the business order, if the business is small. A subcontractor is often required to communicate frequently with the company, so it is informed during the entire process.
Time Frame and Payment
When the subcontractor is hired to do a project or a job, he is given a deadline by the company. This is often a desired deadline, and it gives the subcontractor an idea of how to plan and budget the task or project. With the desired deadline and the amount of expected hours comes a salary or payment. This is often negotiated between the employer and the subcontractor, and the final agreement will be listed in the employment agreement.
Since the subcontractor is not familiar with the company before signing the employment agreement, the company must inform him of the safety measures and precautions in place to protect the existing employees. The workplace safety section of the subcontractor employment agreement can include a list of the safety equipment the subcontractor must use at all times and a list of procedures he must follow to prevent an accident or in case of an accident.
Legalizing the Subcontractor Agreement
A subcontractor employment agreement must have a section that summarizes the terms and conditions for the employment. This section should state that the subcontractor has understood everything mentioned in the agreement. Once the subcontractor has signed the agreement, he has validated the fact that he understands. Another section needs to mention that no modifications can be made by the subcontractor or the employer unless both parties agree to the changes. A signature is required by both parties in the case of changes or alterations to the original contract agreement.
Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.