Agreement Template / December 2, 2018 / Heidi Herring
A good form will have some empty lines to write specifics about the job role in case the basic agreement doesnt cover them. Another benefit is the clear reduction in legal liability that a business can achieve by using a simple employment agreement template. When you have clear requirements for both parties written in a signed document this eliminates a lot of the ambiguity and costs associated with lawyers and courts if you are ever sued by a current or former employee (or worse yet the employees union). As long as the agreement follows the law and the employee was competent at the time of signing most courts will honor its terms. This can get you out of a very expensive situation! On the other hand a detriment of using a pre-written template is that it may not handle more complex jobs or specific types of contract projects where there are a lot of detailed deliverables.
Obviously a basic form contract is unlikely to cover all the bases for things like international joint ventures multi-level sales agency relationships or insurance services. These are agreements where the costs of an attorney are justified. Another downside to using an employment agreement template is the potential for building inflexibility into your business. In particular employment law changes may invalidate or make an existing agreement out of date. If you use the same job template for hundreds of employees and the law changes you may need to go back and have them re-sign new contracts. This wont always benefit the company though it is a small risk to take to get the significant legal protections afforded by even the simplest of contracts.
It can also be used in the freelance writing world where a ghost writer is hired to produce information that will be published under another persons name as a way to ensure that the writer does not attempt to claim responsibility. The agreement should not only explain what information is to be held in the strictest confidence but what steps will be taken if there is a breach. Not only should it cover any disciplinary actions that will be taken but it may cover provisions for legal action should the breach create a situation where litigation on behalf of the client whose information has been made public. It should also explain how the confidential information should be treated and what safeguards are in place to prevent a leak.