As a business owner, you play an important role in the success of your company. However, you don’t act alone. The team around you contributes, and you’re always looking to get the best available talent.
The roles in your organization vary. You have senior and mid-level managers, but many other key workers that make your business run smoothly. For the most part, these workers may be “permanent” employees. However, there are occasions when you need workers for only a short amount of time. There are also times when you want to assess a worker before making a commitment to hire them.
This is where contract-to-hire agreements can be helpful. These agreements are usually short-term initially with the option to extend them. Nonetheless, it’s important to avoid these common pitfalls.
Ambiguous contract terms
While contract-to-hire agreements are usually short-term, they still need to be legally valid. If you are bringing someone in as an independent contractor, then the contracts used for this relationship must specify that this is the case. Ambiguous contracts or contracts that imply that the contractor is an employee could leave you open to litigation and other issues.
Leaving any type of employment relationship to chance is never worth the risk. That’s why it’s so important to review your employment contract templates with a legal professional on a frequent basis.
Not protecting your intellectual property
Most companies have unique methods and processes that give them a competitive edge. For instance, you may have a recognizable logo that sets you apart from the rest. You may have come up with a method of production that is much more efficient than your competitors.
A short-term contractor may have access to all of this information. If you don’t intend to keep them on, the last thing you want is for them to pass on your unique methods to rivals. Protecting your intellectual property in contract-to-hire situations is crucial.
Contract-to-hire situations can be beneficial, as long as they are legally sound. We help business owners protect themselves by drafting sound contracts and agreements. Contact us to schedule a consultation.