Employment contracts can limit legal troubles between employers and employees. These contracts can also list the responsibilities and duties of employees, define the employer-employee relationship, and other employment terms.

An employment contract may be:

  • Written- a document agreement that lists important employment clauses.
  • Oral- a spoken agreement, rather than written.
  • Implied-a combination of both written and oral employment agreements.
  • The most commonly used employment contracts are at-will employment contracts.

What Should I Include in My Employment Contract?

Employers can create their own employment agreements and may include whatever they feel is necessary or important. An employment contract can vary depending on the job position. An employment contract typically includes:

  • Job title and description
  • Start date and employee’s working schedule
  • Salary or hourly wage
  • Benefits
  • Probationary period
  • Vacation and holiday breaks
  • Sickness or disability leave
  • Disciplinary policies
  • Non-compete and non-solicit clauses
  • Confidentiality clauses
  • Termination and notice clauses

Benefits of Using Employment Contracts

If employers encounter legal conflicts with employees, then the employment contract can be used as evidence in the following legal disputes:

Do I Need an Attorney for My Employment Contract Issue?

Yes. Consulting an attorney before signing or drafting an employment contract is helpful to ensure that you know what will be expected under the contract. An employment lawyer can also help negotiate terms that will benefit you and re-negotiate the contract if either party wishes to change the employment relationship.