If you are looking to start your own electrician business or expand your already existing electrician business, you should begin to consider what to include in your employment contracts. Employment contracts are pillar stones of every business because they define the way a business runs. Therefore, you should not begin to create employment contracts until you are certain of the direction you want to take your business. In addition, employment contracts are a critical aspect of protecting your business from liability, they do this by ensuring that no employee performs a task other than to your specifications and under your guidelines. This creates uniformity across your business, which in turn means your employees keep to your high standards, while also ensuring their safety.

How do employment contracts protect my business?

Employment contracts govern all aspects of your employees’ life at work. This means that each contract should include absolutely everything and anything your think is necessary to complete a job effectively and safely. Think about every single thought you have, and habit you keep when you are working. All of these things should be included in an employment contract. Below is a list of some of the things that you should consider when creating employment contracts as an electrician:

  • Equipment
  • Clothing
  • Maximum amount of hours
  • Safety regulations
  • Working with other contractors
  • Working out of hours
  • Children
  • Pets
  • Cleaning up after a job is complete
  • How to ask for payment
  • Etiquette with customers
  • Interactions with fellow employees

It should be noted that this is by no means an exhaustive list, it is only an example of the astronomical variety of situations that you must consider when creating employment contracts for your employees. It should first be discussed why some of these points are important, and how you could go about including them in your employment contracts.

As an electrician, you are sometimes required to work within a family home, with the entire family at home. This can lead to some difficult situations, as electricity poses a substantial risk to anyone who does not fully understand it, especially children and pets. As a result, it would be wise to include ways of dealing with such a situation in your employment contracts. An example of how to do this would be to state that before working in a family home, your employees must gain assurances from the owner that they will be vigilant at all times, and be responsible for the safety of their children and animals. In addition, you should also empower your employees by having the contract state that if such assurances are not forthcoming, then your employee must not proceed with the work. This will protect your business from any liability resulting from the sometimes erratic, and downright dangerous behaviour of your clients.

Your employees represent your business, so how they treat your clients often reflects how your clients think of you and your business. As a result, each employment contracts should include a list of requirements that are expected of your employees when dealing with clients. Such a list can range from simply stating that your employees must be polite, to noting in fine detail how an employee is expected to behave in each situation they may find themselves in. The detail required however is up to the business owner, as employment contracts vastly differ between businesses. Therefore, this will protect your business from any damage to reputation that may be caused by a socially inept employee.

Can I write my own employment contracts?

While it is certainly possible to write your own employment contracts, it is not recommended without prior legal experience. The world of law relating to employers and employees is an ever changing one, and quite complex. The omission of any aspect of this law could open your business up to all sorts of liability. However, you should not despair, this does not mean that you cannot have a substantial say in what you include in your employment contracts. Indeed, as stated above, your employment contracts are a reflection of your business, and as such, require your input in order to work effectively.

If you so desired, you could draft your own employment contracts, only seeking legal guidance in the final step in order to ensure you have no omitted anything of vital importance. Conversely, you could involve a legal professional from the outset, working closely with them in order to tailor clear, concise and relevant employment contracts for your business. An example of how a legal professional can help you with your employment contracts can be found here.

Conclusion

If you are looking to start your own electrician business or expand your already existing electrician business, you should begin to consider what to include in your employment contracts. Employment contracts form the basis of any business, and will allow yours to grow and prosper in a manner that fits with your values and work ethic. In addition, they will protect you from any unwanted liability, while also ensuring the good reputation of your business. However, creating your own employment contracts can be a daunting task. As such, you should seek legal assistance at some point during the process. If you feel that you want further assistance with your employment contracts, please call LegalVision for a fixed-fee quote.

Lachlan McKnight

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