The Employment Agreement

The Employment Agreement

350.00

I’m not supposed to play favorites, but this is one of the most important templates in my entire shop.

The #1 area I see entrepreneurs run into trouble is in the field of employment law. Not only are the majority of employment contracts I see ineffectual… they’re actually invalid. Employment law is riddled with laws that most people don’t know exist when they’re writing the contracts themselves, and you could find yourself in hot water with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Department of Labor (DOL) if you decide to risk it.

Please note: because of the large amounts of state-specific case law surrounding the topic, our team recommends that you have an attorney in your state review the contract before using it with your own employees.

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For the convenience of my clients, I started drafting my contracts in a slightly different way than most: I break it into halves. Generally speaking, the first “half” contains the business terms: meaning you can go to town customizing this portion of the contract yourself.

 

The “second half”? That’s where the “legal terms” are housed- so you know clearly what must stay in.

 

Other than that, here is what you can generally expect in one of the templates:

 

  • intro paragraphs, so we know who the parties are, the effective date, and the purpose of the agreement

  • ALL of your payment and price terms (including payment schedules, timelines, refund policies deliverables, shipping and more)

  • a complete list of your services (when I say complete, I mean truly complete)

  • pesky provisions you may need but aren’t sure how to word, like confidentiality, exclusivity, creative license, and more

  • intellectual property terms, such as who owns what’s created (plus options for scenarios arising in the future)

  • paragraphs that may be awkward to talk about, such as cancellations, reschedules, no-shows, etc

  • all of those “legal” paragraphs that only experience in a courtroom can teach you to look for, like remedies, warranties, limitation of liability, employment status of the parties, force majeure, and more than 10 others

 

Congratulations on taking the most important step in protecting your business! I sincerely believe that my prior experience as a contract litigator for businesses was the best preparation I could have asked for in building strong contracts for creatives. After drafting contracts for everyone from small businesses to publicly traded corporations, and then litigating them in court, each of my contracts are drafted with the care and protection that only real life experience can get you. Each contract is drafted by a lawyer and reviewed by an industry professional with at least 3 years of professional experience before it is listed in the Creative Law Shop. Do you have any questions or concerns regarding your purchase? You can reach my team any time at support@shopcreativelaw.com.