Shall I Sign A Contract? What Should You Expect in A Part Time Employment Contract?
When you’re being offered a full or part time job, you may be asked to sign a contract. This is the moment of truth. You’re considering whether you’re ready to take on the job and whether you want to be obligated to the employer in any kind of way. You have made it through the application process, but do you actually want the job you’ve been applying for? Taking a hard look at what you’re going to be doing and what is in the contract may help you to make your decision.
Evaluating the Job
Take a minute to evaluate the work you’re going to be doing, the hours you’re going to be expected to work, the compensation you’re going to receive, where you’re going to be working and the position you’re going to work in. All of this should be spelled out in the contract you’re offered by the employer.
You want to work with an employer you feel completely comfortable with. The contract defines the legal relationship between you and your employer. You need to make sure that you understand the terms and clauses of the contract. It is a good idea to review the contract with your parents, or your mentor before you sign in.
Often there are areas that need to be discussed and get agreed on. So don’t be shy to ask questions and seek clarifications on areas that are not clear for you.
What is in a Contract?
Here are a few of the things that an employee contract may have within it. Keep in mind that all contracts are defined by the employer and their legal department and is designed for their protection. Make sure you read over it carefully and you understand everything on the contract.
- When employment will begin.
- Location of the work.
- Your title and scope of the work and services expected from you (duties).
- Your compensation including base salary, hourly wage and over-time (if applicable).
- Deductions from pay.
- Confidentiality agreement.
- Termination clause (e.g. offenses leading to termination).
These are the main things found in most part-time contracts. The contract you sign may have less or more. Again, better to discuss the contract with your parents or your mentor. Their experience will be your guide to help you make a decision about whether the contract is fair or not.
Cases Where You May Not Encounter a Contract
Not every job will ask you to sign a contract. In fact, the majority of part-time positions for teens under 18 will not require a contract. You will be told what your pay is going to be $$$ and you will fill out all of the legal forms for taxation, but your application will serve as your agreement to abide by the rules set forth by the employer. It will then be your responsibility to know the rules and follow them. In these cases, make sure you receive a copy of the employee handbook, so rules you’re supposed to follow will not sneak past you.