A Georgia employment contract is an agreement between an employer and a newly-hired employee to clarify the details of their job. The form allows employers to establish in writing a non-disclosure policy of confidential company information and the rules regarding time off, probationary periods, and workplace property. The contract will also indicate the employee’s compensation, a description of their rights and duties, and whether the agreement will have an end date or remain in effect indefinitely (at-will employment).
In the case of an at-will agreement, the employee or employer may cancel the contract at any point (with proper notice) for any reason that does not violate workplace regulations (e.g., retaliation, discrimination, etc.).
Independent Contractor Agreement – Used to hire a freelance worker.
Subcontractor Agreement – Used to define the terms of a subcontractor contributing their services towards a general contractor’s job.
- Labor Statutes: Title 34
- Definition of Employee: § 34-9-1(2)
- Minimum Wage: $5.15/hr (§ 34-4-3(a))
- Overtime: Georgia employees must receive one and a half (1.5) times the employee’s standard wage (§ 45-19-46(a)(1)).
- Record Keeping: Employers must keep records of their employee’s information, wages, and hours for one (1) year after the record is made (§ 34-2-11).
Permitted? Yes, at-will termination of employment is permitted in Georgia for any reason not including:
- Age discrimination (§ 34-1-2(a));
- Disabilities (§ 34-6A-4(a));
- Retaliation (§ 34-6A-5); and
- Sex discrimination (§ 34-5-1).