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If you are looking to create a locksmith business, or to expand your already existing locksmith business, it would be prudent to start thinking about what to include in your employment contracts. Employment contracts form the basis of any business, as they define the way your business runs, while also protecting your business from financial and legal liability.  They do this by creating clarity for your employees, so that they know exactly what is expected and indeed required of them as a member of your business. This allows you to focus on expanding your business, without having to worry about micromanagement. In addition, a clear and concise employment contract will allow your employees to develop their skills in a controlled environment, allowing them to grow and improve in a manner which is best for your business.

What should I include in my employment contracts?

Due to the fact that your employment contracts define the role of your employees from the second they begin work to the second they finish, you should include absolutely anything and everything that you think would be of importance. This means it will be necessary for you to have a clear vision for each role within your company. You should clearly differentiate between different roles, ensuring that there is no confusion as to which position will hold which responsibility at any period of time.

A reality of being the owner of a locksmith business is that you are sometimes forced to pay for the dishonesty of an employee. Therefore, your employment contract should state, in no unclear terms that, by signing the contract your employee purports to be an honest and upstanding person, who will represent your company to the best of their ability. Not only will this help you perform your due diligence in hiring employees, it will also show prospective employees what standards the business expects.

Employment contracts should also explain, in detail, how staff members are expected to act towards each other. Clearly, this will protect you from liability in the result of any unsavoury behaviour on the part of an employee. However, it will also act as a beacon to your employees, showing them the expected standard of behaviour, which will hopefully stop harassment in its tracks, as your employees will know this is not something you will stand for.

This is only a rough guide as to the type of areas you should consider when creating employment contracts for your business. The main thing to remember is that your employment contracts should cover every aspect of every job for every employee. There is no such thing as an employment contract that is too detailed, although it is more effective when they are drafted in broader, more all-encompassing terms.

Can I create my own employment contracts?

It is certainly possible to create your own employment contracts for your business. However, without previous legal experience, it can be a very difficult and daunting task. You have to remember that anything that is not covered in your employment contracts can potentially open you up to financial liability. This means that you will have to be familiar with employment law. In addition, you should be aware of any proposed government changes to these laws, as they could drastically affect your contracts.

It is certainly advisable that at some point in the process of drafting your employment contracts that you involve a lawyer. This does not necessarily mean that you will need to hire a lawyer to write each and every one of your contracts. Perhaps you could write them first, and ask a lawyer to see if there are any glaring gaps. LegalVision has an example of what a lawyer can do to assist you in creating a legal contract, which can be found here

Conclusion

If you are looking to create a locksmith business, or to expand your already existing locksmith business, it is important that you consider your employment contracts. These contracts form the basis of your business, and represent the way in which you want it to run. In addition, it ensures your business is both a happy and honest environment for both you and your employees, while also protecting you from financial liability. However, creating your own employment contracts can be a daunting task for many business owners. As such, it would be prudent to obtain the assistance of a qualified legal professional at some point during the process. If you would like someone to assist you with this process, please call LegalVision for a fixed-fee quote.

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