How To Properly Draft Your Employee Hiring Documents

Every business—from small private companies to large corporations—should have formal hiring documents.

HR policies and legal clauses are crucial to every organization, not only because they set out your expectations of an employee, but also to address legislation and to protect your business from employee claims. Your company’s hiring documents should be drafted by professional legal counsel to ensure they address these points.

Why should my business have written employment contracts?

Written employment contracts are the most secure way to protect your business and your clients. These documents also provide your business with legal flexibility when it comes to the employment relationship and decrease dismissal costs.

How can I legalize an employment contract?

A valid employment contract must contain a variety of features in compliance with the Labour Relations Act, the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the Employment Standards Act. At minimum, an employment contract should address and contain:

  • An offer of employment
  • Consideration (the promise of the job and a promise of employment service)
  • Comprehension that the contract is legally binding
  • The other set terms meant to outline the agreement
  • An employee’s reception of the offer of employment

How you can protect your business through employment contracts

Both the employer and employee should benefit from an employment contract, which is accomplished through the protection of both parties’ interests and reducing risks. There are also myriad clauses that should not be overlooked by employers, as these clauses further enhance the legal protection of your business and its assets.

The following policies or clauses should not be overlooked:

  • Privacy policies
  • Non-solicitation clauses
  • Non-compete clauses
  • Termination clauses
  • Post-employment restrictions

Are you looking for sound legal advice for your organization, business or corporation? Contact KGPC LLP today.

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