An employment contract sets the terms of the employment relationship between you and your staff. For employees, contracts are a way to safeguard their rights. For employers like yourself, they are a tool to set expectations and protect your business.
You have a duty to meet the minimum standards set out in the Saskatchewan Employment Act (SEA). Meaning contracts must include the wage for the role, vacation pay, work hours, notice periods for termination, and severance pay.
Properly drafting an employment contract is critical for your business. But writing them up isn’t easy. And getting any part of it wrong leaves you open to claims from employees
When is an employment contract legally valid?
An employment contract is legally valid whether it is in writing, stated orally, or implied. Best practices advise for written contracts as they are easier to prove than a verbal agreement in cases of doubt or if contested. When there is no written employment contract (or it’s poorly written), there will often be a dispute that must be resolved in court.
Why is documentation important?
Simply put, documentation protects your business. For employers in Saskatchewan, contracts are your most valuable tool to keep your business secure. They limit the cost and difficulties for any without cause terminations. And they act as a key reference point if workers break any rules.
Employment contracts do a lot of the heavy lifting to protect your business. The two main ones you should keep in mind are:
- They ensure staff are aware of their obligations and agree to meet the terms you set out.
- They secure your business clientele and intellectual property.
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