What to Check Before Signing That Employment Contract

Posted by Lakes, Whyte LLP on April 29th, 2021

An employment contract is legal and binding. It’s an important piece of document that will determine what your role is in the company and what you are entitled to. Before signing your employment contract, you need to make sure that you have read everything. It’s okay to take some time to read it carefully to make sure that you are not agreeing to something that you think will put you at a disadvantage.

Most employment contracts have the same content. Here are the things that you should find in the contract:

  1. Your job title and description

It should clearly state your job title and job description. You would want to go over this thoroughly. Just in case your employer asks you to do a job that isn’t in your job description and something you don’t want to do as well because it’s beyond your capabilities and skills, you can refer to the contract.

  1. Salary, bonuses, and benefits

Check if it includes how much your salary is. If your employer promises a salary increase once you reach a certain number of months or years in the company, it should also be clearly stated in the contract. Also, make sure the contract states the bonuses and benefits that you are entitled to.

Too often, employment disputes stem from not getting the bonuses that were promised by the company. For instance, if the employee is terminated, find out if he is still entitled to the bonuses.

  1. Employment start and end

The contract should also state when it will start and when it will end if it’s on a contractual basis. It should state if you are a permanent or a contractual employee. Aside from that, it should also state your working hours and how much you will be paid in case you are requested to render overtime.

  1. Leaves

How many leaves are you entitled to? Are these paid leaves and vacations? These are some of the things that you should check.

  1. Termination

What are the company policies when it comes to termination? The contract should also state what grounds can be used for termination and what the employees are entitled to if they are terminated suddenly.

If you are a victim of wrongful termination, you should get the help of a Vancouver employment lawyer. Your employment lawyer in Vancouver can go through your contract and see if your employer has violated it and what you are entitled to in case there are violations.

Don’t go through it alone if you think you have been wrongfully terminated. Be sure to get the help of an experienced Vancouver employment lawyer who will become your voice in the matter. Hire an employment lawyer in Vancouver from Lakes, Whyte LLP who will be able to shed more light on your case.

Nikolas Lowry is the author of this article. To know more about Business Lawyers in Vancouver please visit our website: lakeswhyte.com

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