What Should I Put in an Employment Agreement in California?

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When hiring a new employee in California, you will almost certainly have them sign an employment agreement of one sort or another. Before you do, you should look it over carefully, because, among other things, it should specify the terms of their employment, as well as legal recourse for recompense, should either party violate the terms of the employment agreement. For more information on what you should put into an employment agreement in California, please read on, then contact an experienced Los Angeles employment contracts attorney today. When preparing your California employment agreement, you should include the following:

Job information

First and foremost, the employment agreement should define the role, including the title of the job and the role the employee will have in that job, as well as the start date for the job.

Benefits & Premiums

You will need to give your prospective employee an understanding of the compensation and benefits package, including paid time off, information regarding their salary/hourly pay, sick days, investment and retirement plans, health benefits, signing bonuses, and more.

Employee classification

While this might seem like a minor consideration, you should ascertain whether you are hiring them as an “employee” or a “contractor.” Your employee needs to know this information to ensure they comply with taxes and insurance policies. Classification will also affect what rights and benefits the employee has and how much you can reasonably ask of them.

The schedule and employment period

You need to clarify whether the position will be a full-time or part-time position.

Terms of Confidentiality

Ensure that any contract regarding the confidentiality of information, such as non-disclose agreements or non-compete agreements, is valid and enforceable under the law.


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