Are you a small business looking to hire your first employee? Maybe you have already hired one but have been struggling with an employment contract. Or perhaps you are an experienced business owner who needs to draft new agreements for some of your existing staff or for that new employee about to start? We've got you covered!
What is an employment agreement?
An Employment Agreement establishes the terms of employment between an employer and an individual employee. It sets out the representations made by the parties, their liabilities under the contract, and the duration of the employment. Both parties undertake to comply with relevant laws and regulations, as well as company policies and procedures. Some of these obligations, such as confidentiality and non-compete provisions, may survive the termination of the contract.
The core features of a contract of employment for a new employee include:
- The employer's name and address
- The employee's job title and brief job description
- Place of work
- Date of agreement
- Start date and duration
- Hours of work and holiday entitlement
- Termination and notice periods
- Probation period
- Optional benefits such as sick pay
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What is an employment contract builder?
An employment contract builder is a tool that helps you create your employment contract quickly and efficiently. You would need to answer a series of questions (or terms), and based on these answers, an employment contract will be generated fully tailored to your needs and ready for signature.
One of the advantages of using a contract builder is that you get an agreement that is fully customisable and tailored to your needs without messing around or editing a standard template. When individuals with limited knowledge of law try to edit employment agreements by taking terms out or putting terms in, it can result in the contract being invalidated.
A contract builder reduces the need for manual tasks by automatically generating the agreement. It removes the need to edit a current template or draft a new agreement, which often takes time and can cause delays.
Using a contract builder will ensure that your contract is legally sound and in line with market standards. A free employment contract template online can be cheap however, there is a risk of it not being lawyer-approved or up to date.
Legislate can help you create lawyer-approved contracts on no legal budget.
To create your employment agreement:
- Create a Legislate account and select the employment agreement from the list of available contracts.
- Set the terms of the agreement and invite the employee to e-sign the contract directly from Legislate.
- Watch a Legislate tutorial on the employment contract creation process.