Employment Law: Employment Agreements

We advise and represent employers and employees in all areas of employment law.

There are a number of things to consider when beginning an employment relationship.

 

The usual issues of title, responsibilities, salary, benefits, and vacation only scratch the surface. For many jobs, other terms should be considered, including:

  • A requirement for police or security clearances, for people who will be working with sensitive populations or where there will be a need for international travel;
  • Intellectual property protections for people who will be involved in creating or will have access to proprietary information;
  • Non-competition or non-solicitation provisions for people whose role will put them in a position to cause harm to the employer if they leave the company

 

At the beginning of the employment relationship no one wants to think about when and how it might come to an end.

 

Both employers and employees can benefit from spending some time thinking about that and addressing it in the employment offer letter or contract. If severance entitlement is left unsaid, it will need to be negotiated at the time employment terminates when the relationship has typically become more strained.

 

Many companies use standard templates for their offer letters or employment contracts.

 

Both employers and employees should review documents carefully before finalizing terms to make sure that anything that varies from the typical employment situation is properly addressed in the document. Examples of situations where significant changes to template documents might be needed include: part-time hours; working from home; temporary or fixed-term circumstances; and consulting arrangements.

 

 

For information on each of our employment-related practice areas please click the links below:

Employment Law (Overview)

Compliance with Employment Standards Legislation

Workplace Discipline and Terminations

Workplace Investigations

To begin the process or for further assistance please contact our office at 403.263.5553 or info@carbertwaite.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

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To begin the process or for further assistance please contact our office at 403.263.5553 or info@carbertwaite.com. We look forward to hearing from you.