Sign contract before employee starts

Worker signed contract less than two weeks after starting, but B.C. court says it was unenforceable
|Canadian Employment Law Today

A recent British Columbia Supreme Court decision serves as a healthy reminder for employers: Make sure the employment contract is signed before the employee starts his new job. Otherwise, the entire contract might be unenforceable.

Paul Krieser started working for Active Chemicals Ltd. on May 24, 1988. But he wasn’t given an employment contract to sign until June 3. Among other things, the contract restricted the amount of notice he would receive upon termination.

Krieser said he was under the impression that if he did not sign the contract, he would be let go. A representative of the defendant confirmed that if he had not signed, it would not have continued to employ him.