When you hire an employee, you enter into a contractual relationship with them. Whether the contract is written or verbal does not matter - all employer-employee relationships are contractual. As with any contractual relationship, both parties are legally entitled to certain rights and have certain responsibilities to one another. The two main bodies of law that govern these rights and responsibilities are the Employment Standards Act (ESA) and Common Law.
Hiring an employee is like getting married - you are now legally bound to this person.
It is helpful to think of hiring an employee as getting married - you are now legally bound to this person. An employment agreement can be likened to a prenup for the employment relationship. We all know that regardless of how well you get along with someone right now, situations can change down the road. A written employment agreement protects the employer's interests in the event the employment relationship does not work out.
Why should you get an Employment Agreement?
There are many benefits to having a professionally drafted employment agreement, but some of the most important reasons are:
STEP 1: Contact & Information
The first step in having an employment agreement drafted is to contact us to book a consultation meeting.
NEW CLIENTS: If you are a new client, we will also ask you to fill out our HR Client Intake Form. You can either complete this form online or download the paper-version and return it to us via email.
STEP 2: Deposit & Meeting
To secure your consultation meeting, we will require a $150 deposit. This can be paid via e-transfer and will be deducted from the cost of your employment agreement.
Your consultation meeting will take around one hour and allows us to go over each section of a standard employment agreement together to customize its terms for your situation.
STEP 3: Drafting & Delivery
After your consultation meeting, we will draft your employment agreement. The completed document will be emailed to you in two formats: Word & PDF. We allow one complimentary round of revisions (if required). We will require the remaining payment before emailing you the first draft of the completed document.
FEES & PAYMENT
We charge a flat-rate fee for our professionally drafted employment agreements. This fee includes the initial consultation meeting (up to one hour) and one downloadable employment agreement in two formats: Word & PDF.
COST: $495.00 (plus tax)
PAYMENT & TERMS
Deposit of $150 must be made prior to consultation meeting. Remaining payment is due prior to delivery of the first draft of the completed document. We accept payment via e-transfer, or at our Lake Country office via debit or credit. All fees are subject to applicable taxes.