What is a Work For Hire Agreement
A Work For Hire Agreement (WFHA) is a legal document that governs the relationship between an employer and worker, in exchange for a service or product. It’s something everyone who works with freelancers should consider creating a template for.
A work for hire agreement is basically a term sheet that contractors and employees sign prior to starting work for the employer. It is often the case that written work for hire agreements are signed by all parties involved in the business before work begins. Work for hire agreements covers responsibilities during the initial time frame, such as salary, wages, hours, and payment terms. The agreement can also cover benefits should an accident occur while on the job or should the contract employee be fired.
What Makes a Great Work For Hire Agreement?
While working for hire relationships can be fun and beneficial, it can also be challenging to protect yourself if there is a breakdown in communication. There are a few key elements that make a great work for hire agreement.
- The agreement should detail salary, hourly rate, and standard hours/days per week.
- It must explain clearly whether your employer will pay you once the project is complete or if you will have to pay for the entire work.
- It should make it clear what responsibilities are covered by the agreement – so there’s no confusion about who is responsible should something go wrong.
- It must be clear, concise, and easy to understand.
- It must also be signed by everyone involved, whether it’s the agency or the client before work begins. If any part of it isn’t followed, it could render the agreement non-fulfilling.