Sign on the dotted line

Steps to take at the time of hire to help ensure parting isn’t such painful sorrow
By Chris Foulon
|CHRR, Report on Employment Law|Last Updated: 10/11/2005

At the start of the employment relationship, neither side is usually giving much thought to what might happen if things sour down the road.

From an employer’s point of view, that’s a shame. Because if the appropriate steps are taken at the time of hire, it could save the employer a lot of grief in case something goes wrong.

But, unfortunately, many employers continue to shy away from employment contracts because of a fear they will scare off good candidates or detrimentally alter the corporate culture. But as long as the terms of the contract are reasonable, taking into account the seniority of the position, employees won’t object to signing one. In fact, most employees expect it.