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Powerful Employment Agreements for your growing team.

Have a lawyer draft an Employment Agreement that's perfect for your business and your employees.

$480 for Basic — $960 for Complex

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Bigger team. Smaller risk.

A great Employment Agreement will establish the most important parts of the relationship without constraining either party. Employment law is complex and every deal is different, so getting a lawyer to draft your Agreement is a no brainer.

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Why use an Employment Agreement?

Set the right expectations.

Cut through the confusion and create a legally-binding record of the duties and expectations of the employee and the employer.

Protect your business.

An Employment Agreement allows you to set probationary periods, establish quality standards, and prepare for unpleasant surprises.

Increased flexibility.

Open the door to performance-based compensation, maximize the value of intellectual property, and retain your talent.

What's covered in an Employment Agreement?

Have a kick-off call with your lawyer to discuss your business, your new hire, and design your agreement. They will let you know whether you need a Basic Agreement or a Complex Agreement. Learn more about the differences on the Info Sheet below.

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Your Employment Agreement

1. Built custom

Include the terms you need like intellectual property assignment, commission structures, probation periods, and more.

2. Avoid conflict

Employment Agreements are critical for both parties, and valid Agreements can help you avoid and diffuse potential conflicts.

3. Tailored to your industry

Different industries and jurisdictions have different employment laws. Violating any of these regulations can put your business at risk.

How do Employment Agreements work?

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1. Book a kick-off call

Pick a time to discuss terms of employment with a Good Lawyer.

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2. Design your agreement

Learn exactly what your Employment Agreement needs.

3. Receive your agreement

Receive a digital copy of the agreement, ready to be signed.

Get an Employment Agreement

Strong contracts make a stronger team. Build your business the right way — hire an employment lawyer to draft your agreements.

Frequently asked questions

Will I be able to communicate with my lawyer after the kickoff call?

Yes, absolutely. You can use the Goodlawyer platform to send messages and files. If substantially more communication is needed, your lawyer may request another call.

What's the difference between a Basic and Complex Agreement?

Basic Agreements are suitable for standard employees and follow the minimum basic employment standards and include:

  • Description of the role and schedule
  • Simple compensation (salary or wage)
  • Standard termination, resignation, and probation procedures
  • Simple confidentiality provisions
  • IP assignment to the employer

Complex Employment Agreements are suitable for high-level employees and exceed the minimum basic employment standards. They include (but are not limited to):

  • Custom termination procedures, layoff provisions, or entitlements
  • Non-compete or non-solicit provisions
  • Complex compensation structures
  • Expense or fee reimbursements
  • Layoff provisions

What’s the difference between an Employment Agreement and Service Agreement?

Employment Agreements and Service Agreements might seem similar on the surface, but they are very different in the eyes of the law. Service Agreements are used to hire a service provider or independent contractor for a set period of time and/or scope of work, whereas Employment Agreements are used to hire employees. If you aren’t sure, your lawyer will be able to clearly identify and draft whichever agreement you need. Learn more about Service Agreements.

What’s the difference between an employee and an independent contractor?

Independent contractors are typically described as “self-employed” meaning they run their own business. It’s important to know the difference between the two because employees have different rights, and you also have different responsibilities such as tax deductions and employment insurance contributions. Some signs that you might be hiring an employee and not a contractor include you providing the tools for the work, the work being performed at the place of your business, you direct deposit their payment, you provide them benefits or insurance, or if there is a probationary period, just to list a few. Learn more about Independent Contractor Agreements.

What if I need more than one Employment Agreement?

This service will only cover the creation of one Employment Agreement. If additional Employment Agreements are needed, you can talk to your Good Lawyer. Sometimes it is more efficient to produce multiple agreements and a discount is possible, but that is situational and Goodlawyer can’t guarantee any kind of bulk discount.

What file format will the Employment Agreement be in?

Employment Agreements are generally delivered as a PDF so that they can be easily shared, printed, and signed. They can also be delivered as a Word document. If that’s something you’re interested in, make sure you mention it to your lawyer.

Do I need a lawyer in my province for an Employment Agreement?

While you don’t need a lawyer that is physically in your province, we recommend using a lawyer who is at least experienced with employment law in the jurisdiction of your business. Employment law varies across provinces, so local expertise is recommended. If you book an out-of-province lawyer that determines you need someone local, Goodlawyer can set you up with a local lawyer ready to help.

Why not use a free template found on the internet?

Employment law is complex, with slightly different laws in each province and industry. Some laws are very old, others obscure, and some extremely situational, which makes Employment Agreements difficult to copy and paste. Using an Employment Agreement that you found online might leave you with an invalid Agreement in the eyes of the Courts if certain aspects of the employment are not adequately documented. Illegal terminations can result in messy disputes and expensive settlements, so we always recommend getting your Employment Agreements drafted by a professional.

Where can I learn more about Employment Agreements?

You can find out about Employment Agreements through our blog!

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