June 11, 2003

Implementing Employment Contracts

Employment contracts are useful tools for defining the terms of the employment relationship. They can help avoid conflicts later in the employment relationship, even after good relations break down. Used correctly they allow more flexibility and certainty for employers than an undefined employment relationship. From an employer’s perspective, the most common reason for having a…

May 28, 2003

Validity of Amended Agreements

Question: We have an employee who has been with the company for 20 years. When she began her employment, she signed an employment contract which limited her notice upon termination to her entitlement under the applicable employment standards legislation. Originally the employee was hired as a receptionist at a salary of $17,000 a year. Over…

February 19, 2003

Amending contracts of existing staff

Employer must provide something beyond continued employment Background All contracts are comprised of three elements. There must be an offer by one party, an acceptance of the offer by the other party and some consideration that passes between the two parties. Without these three elements a legally binding contractual arrangement is not formed. It is…

November 13, 2002

Why use employment contracts

Employers have nothing to fear from employment contracts Employment contracts are becoming a more common means of clarifying many of the terms of the employment relationship. A written contract which is finalized prior to the start of the employment relationship allows the employer and the employee to negotiate terms at a time when they are…

November 13, 2002

Employment Contracts – Merits of Using

Employers have nothing to fear from employment contracts Employment contracts are becoming a more common means of clarifying many of the terms of the employment relationship. A written contract which is finalized prior to the start of the employment relationship allows the employer and the employee to negotiate terms at a time when they are…

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