Put it in writing

A solid employment contract provides certainty
By Michele Hollins
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/04/2013

For employers and employees, the overarching benefit of a good employment contract is certainty. Both parties can arrange their affairs knowing the terms of the written contract will govern their relationship.

While the common law provides rights and imposes obligations in the absence of a written contract, the use of a contract allows the parties to create certainty in many other areas of their relationship.

For example, an employee can be assured corporate amalgamations or restructurings will have to account for her existing terms of employment. She can consider other employment opportunities or plan for her retirement knowing which benefits and obligations may arise from her choices.