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Employment Contracts and Agreements

Things to Check before Signing Employee Contract

Are you switching your job? Or are you joining the first job after finishing your education? Finding a job can be really challenging; and you should be proud that you have secured a job. But the challenges don’t end there! You need to be prepared to settle down in a new work environment in Ottawa and for all the paperwork that comes along. But, do not sign employee contracts blindly as it may contain terms that you are not aware of. Always read the fine print of the employee contract and discuss terms that you don’t agree with. If there are any restrictive clauses in the contract, talk to the employer, understand and negotiate them. Make sure do not end up complying with anything that you don’t agree with.

It is important to have a clear picture of what you are getting into. Keep these things in mind before signing off the employee contract –

  • First and foremost check the section of salary and bonuses. You need to ensure that the amounts mentioned are exactly the ones that you had negotiated in the interview. Once you sign the contract, the remuneration figures will be final. Also check if the contract includes criteria on which your bonus will be based and other benefits like travel expense and more.
  • There are implied terms in every contract. These terms are not explicitly mentioned or stated in the contract but are reasonably expected of both parties involved. If you have any questions regarding these terms, discuss with employer.
  • Check the job title and responsibilities to understand what your scope of work is and your duties. Are these responsibilities same as those discussed in the interview? Is the job title correctly mentioned? Is the job location same as the one you had applied for?
  • Did you discuss the working pattern and hours of work? Does your job require you to work on weekends and holidays? Check the employee contract for shift working, work timings and leaves and holidays. Read the terms to understand how you will be compensated for overtime.
  • Though it may sound ironic but it is necessary to go through the termination clause in the employee contract. This clause will list out the necessary deal breakers under which the employer can terminate you without any notice. It will also mention the notice period to serve in case you resign from the company.

Read through the fine print of the employment contract as it is very essential. It will help give you a clear picture of what you are getting into.