Job title and description
Be clear about all the duties that are part of the employee’s job. This section should also specify the type of employment:
- At-will employment: Either party can terminate the employment relationship at any time for any reason.
- Nonexclusive employment: Employer and employee are both free to enter into agreements with other parties.
Start date and duration of employment
Employee compensation and benefits
In addition to specifying the employee’s pay or base salary, this section can explain employee benefits like health insurance, 401(k) plans, and stock options, as well as vacation time, sick leave, and time off for holidays.
Termination of employment clause
You may also choose to include your company’s employee handbook in the employment contract packet. This document type typically outlines workplace norms and expectations, operating hours, and other basic information the employee should know and follow.
The value of a well-written agreement.
Whether you have five employees or fifty, a thorough employment contract can help you attract and retain good employees and stop disputes long before they might start. With clear explanations of company policies, employee expectations, compensation, and benefits, both parties can avoid unpleasant surprises later in the relationship. Be sure to get legal advice from an attorney who specializes in employment law before entering into a legally binding contract.
Go digital with all of your contracts.
Electronic documents are secure, paperless, and you can use them to complete contracts in minutes instead of days. With Adobe Acrobat Pro with e-sign, you can create a contract of employment template that you can reuse and adjust as you grow your business. You can send contracts for e-signature with a few clicks and track their progress. If any contract provisions change, it’s easy to make adjustments before the other party signs. Speed up the whole contract process so you can roll up your sleeves and get to work.