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What is the most critical part of an employment contract?

If you are preparing to hire an employee, it is necessary for you to develop an employment contract that will provide protection and clarification for both you and the candidate you choose to hire. Creating a document that details the terms of your new hire's employment with your company in Louisiana will serve as a valuable reference that can be easily accessed in moments when questions may arise. 

Creating an employment contract will require some negotiations between you and the candidate you hire. As such, both you and the other person will be required to give and take as you develop an agreement that will suffice both parties needs and provide benefits to your company as well. According to Forbes Magazine, a well-written employment contract will encompass a variety of topics including salary, liability protection, benefits and processes for dispute resolution. You may also include restrictions for your employee if they are ever laid off from your company, as well as your requirements for confidentiality. 

Deciphering one section as the most critical is difficult because each provides valuable depth and insight for the employee. The terms of each contract should be kept confidential where only you can access it when necessary. It is wise to revisit an employment contract regularly at performance reviews, for example, to guarantee that both you and your employee are still satisfied with the agreement and that situations have not required that clauses be altered to remain accurate and effective. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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