Employment Contracts

A written employment contract is a legally binding document that sets out the terms of the employment relationship than an employee must follow.

Written employment contracts are not just for big business anymore.  Employers can save themselves from various types of employment disputes or costly severance payouts with a properly defined and compliant employment agreement.  This is where Whitten & Lublin, Employment & Labour lawyers can help.

Advantages of a Written Employment Contract:

There are significant advantages to a written employment contract.  By setting out the employment relationship in writing, the employer is able to protect its legal rights and manage its business more effectively and efficiently.

What can a Written Employment Contract cover?

Nearly every aspect of the employment relationship can be covered by a written employment contract.  Employment contracts will be critically important on dismissal, when the issues of severance entitlements, confidentiality, and non-competition requirements come to the forefront.  Employers can protect themselves by detailing these terms before they become an issue. Employers may consider a written employment contract with terms such as:

  • Grounds for termination and severance requirements
  • Compensation and benefits
  • Whether the contract will be for a specific duration or continuous
  • Confidentiality
  • Non-compete and non-solicitation requirements
  • Intellectual property ownership
  • References to employer policies and licensing requirements

How can Whitten & Lublin, Employment & Labour Lawyers help?

Knowing what to include in a written employment contract, and how to include it, can be a difficult task.  Employment contracts must be carefully drafted to ensure that they meet the statutory requirements in order to be legally enforceable and binding.  Each contract is as unique as the employee signing it, so employers should work with an experienced employment lawyer to ensure that the proper terms are included.

The employment team at Whitten & Lublin in Canada are here to help employers draft clear and concise employment contracts that comply with the applicable statutory and legal requirements.  Each contract will be carefully and efficiently crafted to meet the specific needs of your business and employment relationships.  We will discuss your business priorities and work together to create a written employment contract that is tailored to your needs.

Ensure your rights are protected by consulting with Whitten & Lublin, Employment & Labour Lawyers with experience in Canada.