Do I need to sign a contract?

It is always a good idea to have a contract that outlines the following:

  • the specific duties the individual will be responsible for, (e.g. the days/hours they are expected to work, duties to perform, etc.)
  • what the fees or pay rates are (e.g. hourly, weekly, bi-weekly, etc.)
  • the method of pay (e.g. cash, cheque, Interac e-Transfer, etc.)
  • if there are different rates for different duties (e.g. housekeeping while children are at school, attending medical appointments, caring for pets for extended periods of time, etc.).

You should also check to ensure that the rate of pay meets the minimum wage criteria for the laws of your state, province, or territory.

By having this in writing, it is clear to all parties what has been agreed to, and can be referenced in the future.


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