Managing employees is one of the most challenging aspects of being a business owner. An employee contract serves to outline your expectations as an employer, as well as provide a written documentation of the terms relating to the person’s employment. Drafting a contract that is well written protects your business’ interests if you terminate the employer-employee relationship, or the employee chooses to leave your company.
At Kaplin Stewart Meloff Reiter & Stein, P.C., our attorneys are experienced with the regulations and laws of having employees, and we use that knowledge to put together a binding employment agreement that will protect your company against unnecessary litigation.
Important Contract Information
When writing up an employee contract, it is important that the words and terms used correctly match their intention. You may choose to have the same contract for every employee, or each employee may be asked to sign a customized, individual contract if the compensation and benefits packages, and job responsibilities, vary. Along with the start date, benefits and salary, some other contract inclusions may include:
- Termination: You may include that employment can be terminated by either party by giving a notice. You may also list violations that will result in termination without notice.
- Confidentiality: Depending on the nature of your business, you may want the employee’s promise to not share any details about the business, even when the employee no longer works for the company.
- Exclusivity: This clause prevents the employee from working, or even volunteering, for a comparable business.
- Noncompetition: This provision prevents employees, in the event of termination or quitting, from starting a company or working for one that competes with yours. This clause often outlines a specific geographic area and timeline.
Based on your particular business and the number of employees you have, there are many considerations about what to include in a contract. Our attorneys examine the facets of your industry and business to ensure that the contracts we draft are encompassing.
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