Originally Posted by Robyn Morrisette
Hi - I have brought my trainers on as employees rather than independent contractors and have been told that I should have them sign an employee agreement. Is anyone else doing this? The agreements I have seen are those that have created by lawyers and are super intimidating. What happened to the family concept?!
I'll just point out that a good attorney would work with your business to determine the correct terms that you want to agree on, but would prepare the contract in an easy-to-read, intuitive manner so that your employees would understand what they're signing. Good contracts aren't filled with legalese; they are straight-forward.
I've seen some employee contracts from CrossFits in the Atlanta area and they are over-the-top unconscionable in favor of the gym/owner, and full of legalese. In a lot of cases, they would be entirely unenforceable.
p.s. I like HQ's stance on encouraging not having non-competition agreements (in instances where you hire a $10/h trainer, it's a bit harsh to not allow them to compete), but if they start mandating that affiliates not have non-competition agreements, then they are walking a fine line. Courts could deem the affiliates to be franchises, and HQ could incur a lot of liability. Just that one stipulation by itself isn't enough, but a few other requirements would be. There was a case like this involving Burger King.