How to implement an employment contract

By Peter Israel and Chris Foulon
|Canadian Employment Law Today

Employment contracts are useful tools for defining the terms of the employment relationship. They can help avoid conflicts later in the employment relationship, even after good relations break down.

Used correctly they allow more flexibility and certainty for employers than an undefined employment relationship. From an employer’s perspective, the most common reason for having a written employment contract in place is to define and limit the amount of notice an employee will be entitled to upon termination of employment where no just cause exists.

So long as the notice provision contained in the contract is no less than the minimum provincial standard, the agreed-to period of notice should be enforceable provided the contract has been implemented in a fair and timely manner.