A Delaware employment contract details the terms of an individual’s employment and the policies of the company they will be working for. The document allows the hiree to review their rights as an employee and minimize disagreements concerning their income, work duties, whether they are eligible for any work benefits, and the workplace guidelines they must follow. Although less common, the form can also be made to grant the hiree partial ownership of their employer’s business, which will require a separate document containing the details thereof appended to the contract.
Employment contracts typically remain in effect until either party terminates the agreement, though the contract may specify a termination date upon which neither party will have any obligations to the other (except for the non-disclosure of sensitive company information).
Independent Contractor Agreement – Used by a client to assign a work project to an independent contractor and define their professional relationship.
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- Labor Statutes: Title 19
- Definition of Employee: § 1101(3)
- Minimum Wage: $9.25/hr (§ 902(a))
- Overtime: As Delaware does not have state-specific overtime laws, policies for overtime pay default to the federal Fair Labor Standards Act, mandating that all hours worked by an employee that are in excess of forty (40) hours in a week must be compensated at a rate of one and a half (1 ½) times their usual wage.
- Record Keeping: Employers must maintain records for at least three (3) years (§ 907).
Permitted? Yes, Delaware employees and employers may end their business relationship at short notice or without notice for any reason other than:
- Public policy (retaliation), and
- Implied contracts (can be oral and implied).