By Nsunjo Erica
These days, contract employment has been adopted by so many businesses because a contract defines the rights and responsibilities between the two parties, the employer and employee.
According to many, employment contracts certainly turn out to be more important to employees but they are as valuable to business owners and they are to business employees.
A contract of employment includes a variety of clauses, as many as the business owner wishes to inflict on his employee as he/she offers him/her employment in order to protect a business’s interests.
Some of the clauses may include, stopping employees from setting up rival organizations, poaching your staff, stealing valuable trade secrets, or even reclaiming accidental overpayments, as well as employees personally stopping to render services to the company.
A contract document is like the security that the employee can have for his/ her position in the company as it clearly specifies the tenure of the contract and set of responsibilities. Here, an employer is lawfully responsible to pay the committed salary on time and, the employee is responsible to perform his duties as designated.
With contract hire, an employee is guaranteed employment as long as they do not violate the terms of the contract that allows employers to dismiss an employee before the end of the term in jurisdictions that restrict the ability of employers to fire employees.
An employer has no right to fire off employees on contract out of the blue and an employee doesn’t have the right to just stop rendering services to a company out of the blue. A good employment contract will specify exactly what offenses can result in the termination of the employee. This helps both parties because it ensures that the employee knows which activities are required and which are forbidden, thus rendering a serious breach less likely.
As long as an employee is on contract employment, the labor law of the particular jurisdiction should be consulted to ensure that the terms of the contract do not contradict legal requirements, more security.
The employer is assured of confidentiality if the employment of his/her staff is contract-based if the employee will have access to confidential company information, the employer can include a clause preventing the employee from divulging this information to others
An employer might also wish to prevent the employee from working for competitors, although the labor laws of various jurisdictions differ on the acceptability of such a clause, employers have the opportunity to stop employees from having side hustles as long as the contract isn’t terminated.
The duties of both the employer and the employee are always clearly spelled out in the employment contract, this section includes employee job duties, salary and benefits, and any overtime incentives, and therefore fulfillment is a must.