Lawn Care Business Forum Lawn Care Business Book Lawn Care Business Blog Lawn Care Software
Home Forum Contract & Flyer Templates Blog Software Videos Podcast Calculators / Estimators Store Mower Review Design It Yourself Lawn Business School

Go Back   GopherHaul Landscaping & Lawn Care Business Marketing Forum > Business > Lawn Care Employees Discussions

Lawn Care Employees Discussions Discussions on lawn care employee related issues.

Employee Contract?


Lawn Care Employees Discussions

Discussions on lawn care employee related issues.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 10-14-2010, 09:46 PM
Mike V's Avatar
Mike V Mike V is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2
Rep Power: 6
Mike V is on a distinguished road
Default Employee Contract?

Do any of you guys make your employees sign a contract? Not just a non-compete, but something they sign that holds them liable for breaking equipment, missing equipment, etc? Not normal wear and tear, something that could be avoided by not being stupid? If so, can you share? Thanks in advance.
Mike

Last edited by Mike V; 10-14-2010 at 09:50 PM.
Reply With Quote

Stop guess-timating. Learn how to estimate and make money! $$$
Mow Time Estimator Lawn Care Price Estimator Mulch and Topsoil Calculator Snow Plow Estimate Calculator


  #2  
Old 10-15-2010, 06:36 PM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,122
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

Lawn care business tipsLawn Care Business Book
Did you check in the contract section here?

http://www.gopherforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=34

I think there are some employee contracts.

You bring up some good points. I do wonder out of all that, if it could hold up in court.

But I guess ultimately, anything you can think of, you can write down and see if an employee would sign it. Then if there was an issue and it went to court, see if the court would enforce it. I guess it doesnt hurt.

I wish we had a lawyer on here
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-24-2010, 11:30 AM
Rodriguez11 Rodriguez11 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Alabama
Posts: 102
Rep Power: 5
Rodriguez11 is on a distinguished road
Default

More than likely you would need a lawyer to review your written contract to make sure it is enforceable. And even if it is deemed "enforceable" it would be on you to prove negligence on their part and not yours.
__________________
2008 F-350, 2006 rzt50 23kH, 2010 tank m48 with 25kH, 16x8 vnose car hauler, echo edgers and weedeaters.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-25-2010, 07:38 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,122
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is a very good point. I did some more looking around after this initial post and saw a lot of information on how when you hire an employee, it tends to be the employers responsibility to cover the cost of damaged equipment.

Rodriguez, do you use such a contract in your business or have you ever had to sign one? Do any stories stand out, from your experience, as far as what in them can be useful and what isn't so?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-25-2010, 11:45 PM
Rodriguez11 Rodriguez11 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Alabama
Posts: 102
Rep Power: 5
Rodriguez11 is on a distinguished road
Default

I have never personally signed one or dealt with one. I do know from my general management classes I have taken that having your employee sign a contract saying they will take care of equipment and be liable for all damage, whether you intend to pursue this or not, will increase the chances they will take pride in their job and do their best to take care of equipment. Just an idea.. But of course it just depends on your workers, if you feel you really need them to sign something because you are afraid they will damage something.. Maybe reconsider having them work for you! You do not want workers who do not care about your equipment or business.
__________________
2008 F-350, 2006 rzt50 23kH, 2010 tank m48 with 25kH, 16x8 vnose car hauler, echo edgers and weedeaters.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-26-2010, 10:00 AM
Steve's Avatar
Steve Steve is offline
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 37,122
Rep Power: 10
Steve has disabled reputation
Default

That is a very good point. It does make me wonder if having employees sign something like that, if it should be an employee contract or more of a list of S.O.P.'s that the employee reads and agrees to follow.

Do you think one would work better over the other or do you feel they are both ultimately the same?
__________________
- Subscribe to my Lawn Care Marketing Blog Feed and get daily tips sent to you. Free!
Download your Free trial of Gopher Lawn Care Software.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-27-2010, 12:07 AM
Rodriguez11 Rodriguez11 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Alabama
Posts: 102
Rep Power: 5
Rodriguez11 is on a distinguished road
Default

I think a good explanatory employee contract that lays out everything you expect from your employee is a good thing for them to sign. By them signing and acknowledging they have read and agree to the employment it holds them further liable to the employer rather than just a list of things to conform to.
__________________
2008 F-350, 2006 rzt50 23kH, 2010 tank m48 with 25kH, 16x8 vnose car hauler, echo edgers and weedeaters.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Employee acts on his own, contract? fredthewolverine Lawn Care Employees Discussions 9 03-11-2010 12:47 AM
Employee Contract PremierLand Lawn Care Employees Discussions 2 04-20-2007 11:11 PM
Employee tiedeman Lawn Care Employees Discussions 3 02-21-2007 09:09 PM
Got Employee's? ritchiem Lawn Care Employees Discussions 2 10-11-2005 06:41 PM
Employee Tab Gopher Software Support Archived Question & Answers - Read Only 7 12-01-2004 01:47 PM

» Recent Threads
  RatingTitle, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Billing methods
jcurr33
03-26-2015 01:33 PM
Today 05:13 PM
by avetslawncare
8 201
Covering a landscape...
Dan Tanner
Today 09:01 AM
Today 05:06 PM
by avetslawncare
2 56
bidding a cemetery....
NPM_LLC
Yesterday 10:56 AM
Today 01:18 PM
by jrs.landscaping
5 113
Start LIKING FACEBOOK...
rlclawncare123
02-26-2015 12:06 AM
Today 12:50 PM
by SC93
3 384
35,000 Eddm
greenscaper123
03-18-2015 12:51 PM
Today 12:32 PM
by SC93
19 518
Bid for large home...
lxarth
03-22-2015 11:06 AM
Today 12:31 PM
by kslawn
9 332
Weed and Feed
robkattankate
03-19-2015 09:00 PM
Today 08:42 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 418
Ferris FW35 questions
Chilehead
03-10-2015 08:31 PM
Yesterday 03:14 PM
by Dan Tanner
5 394
First big mower decision?
SGL1
Yesterday 08:58 AM
Yesterday 08:58 AM
by SGL1
0 68
Employee job training...
brookline
12-15-2014 07:15 PM
Yesterday 08:43 AM
by biglee
28 2,412
Mower vs lot size advice
jcurr33
03-25-2015 09:29 PM
Yesterday 08:37 AM
by Dan Tanner
5 196
Finally got a warehouse
avetslawncare
03-12-2015 07:52 PM
Yesterday 08:25 AM
by SGL1
11 541
Trepidation about...
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 07:46 PM
Yesterday 05:35 AM
by Dan Tanner
2 172
How do you get...
ESREVER
03-25-2015 01:30 PM
Yesterday 12:18 AM
by lxarth
7 209
I lost a long term...
Sprinkler Buddy
09-04-2011 02:24 PM
03-27-2015 11:42 PM
by lxarth
15 3,449
hoa bid need help
bigdaveha12
03-24-2015 08:29 PM
03-27-2015 11:17 PM
by lxarth
6 249
introducing myself
chris2500hd
03-24-2015 11:16 AM
03-27-2015 02:02 PM
by Steve
8 237
Commercial Jobs
CurbAppeal1
03-25-2015 04:22 PM
03-27-2015 12:29 PM
by biglee
5 204
Flag or no flag
Matther777
03-24-2015 02:41 PM
03-27-2015 12:25 PM
by biglee
10 349
Office Administration...
Girlfriend
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
03-26-2015 05:40 PM
by Girlfriend
0 309
Is this tree beyond help?
SGL1
03-22-2015 05:35 PM
03-25-2015 08:55 PM
by SGL1
14 726
Opinions on truck wrap
Trupro
02-28-2015 03:21 PM
03-25-2015 07:54 PM
by Trupro
33 1,592
The New Wave!!!! Read...
Jamesw86
03-22-2015 08:33 PM
03-25-2015 02:50 PM
by Steve
10 327
grass in the gas tank
robkattankate
03-23-2015 04:37 PM
03-25-2015 02:36 PM
by Steve
5 204
Helping others
hansenslawncare
09-15-2011 08:50 PM
03-25-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
11 2,673
DOT Number
acrajchel
03-20-2015 05:56 PM
03-25-2015 02:28 PM
by Steve
7 394
Michelin x tweel.
apmAkron
03-23-2015 04:22 PM
03-24-2015 12:40 PM
by Steve
3 147
spike aerator???
Bradcook21
03-21-2015 01:55 PM
03-24-2015 10:32 AM
by acrajchel
4 229
Hello from Maryland
michellemarvin
03-23-2015 12:44 PM
03-23-2015 07:33 PM
by michellemarvin
2 147
hello from south GA.
CCandALawnCare
03-23-2015 03:46 AM
03-23-2015 07:06 PM
by CCandALawnCare
2 137
Say Hello !!!
Steve
03-19-2007 11:18 AM
03-23-2015 06:14 PM
by jethro
1,218 380,194
Is anyone doing mosquito...
BWild
01-27-2015 11:30 AM
03-23-2015 12:28 PM
by Steve
9 855
Should i take on this...
christw
03-17-2013 01:23 PM
03-22-2015 09:02 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
36 7,587
mower stalls when...
boog
03-19-2015 08:20 AM
03-21-2015 08:13 PM
by Wolf4dk
7 278
These are the days on...
ExtremeLawncareServices
01-11-2015 10:41 AM
03-20-2015 10:00 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
32 3,767
Hello Emily Reyes from...
Webster14829
03-20-2015 11:23 AM
03-20-2015 03:36 PM
by Steve
2 188
Finally going to give it...
jcurr33
03-12-2015 08:09 PM
03-20-2015 03:31 PM
by Steve
10 566
Weed id?
SGL1
03-17-2015 08:20 PM
03-20-2015 02:37 PM
by Steve
6 291
Mobile small engine...
luckylogger
03-15-2015 02:05 PM
03-20-2015 06:17 AM
by jrs.landscaping
15 498
Brad Cook 21
SC93
03-16-2015 10:40 PM
03-19-2015 09:04 PM
by Bradcook21
4 394
honest opinion please
uppercut
02-17-2015 01:30 AM
03-18-2015 02:55 PM
by Steve
15 1,338
Repair or replace the...
lxarth
12-17-2014 04:07 PM
03-18-2015 02:49 PM
by Just for Cuts
21 2,039
new to the site
bigdaveha12
03-17-2015 09:13 PM
03-18-2015 02:33 PM
by Steve
1 214
Small dovetail truck...
ExtremeLawncareServices
03-04-2015 06:47 PM
03-17-2015 10:14 PM
by ExtremeLawncareServices
17 875
New Site Hows it look
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 10:32 AM
03-17-2015 08:15 PM
by SGL1
3 294
mulch questions
Bradcook21
03-08-2015 08:37 AM
03-17-2015 07:00 PM
by Bradcook21
23 1,010
Scag hydro w/b frame...
Just for Cuts
03-11-2015 03:32 PM
03-17-2015 06:37 PM
by lxarth
11 562
Buy new or used?
lxarth
12-26-2014 09:50 PM
03-17-2015 06:11 PM
by lxarth
14 1,729
New to 2015
Infinitelawn
03-16-2015 08:29 AM
03-17-2015 11:47 AM
by Steve
4 303
Pulling trailer was...
SGL1
03-07-2015 07:14 PM
03-17-2015 08:11 AM
by SGL1
30 1,170
» Popular Tags
apartment complex auger bark billy goat brushcutter blades blowout bob villa collections commercial design edging employee problems equipment rental ferris flyers foreman free advertising grass growing a lawn care business hardscapes hills hiring husqvarna hydraulic introduction john deere quik trac landscape landscape services landscaping training lawn aeration lawn care lawn care business seo lawn care business website lawn care business website seo lawn care seo lawn care website marketing more customers business mr dave new business ordinance past due patio install per hour charge pricing profit on employee pto push versus ride running a business scag v-ride scripts search engine optimization secrets to landscaping sell the vision seo shell small engine repair square foot sulky toro grand stand trailer tree trimmer rack truck new used landscape walk behind web design website website design winterization won't return
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.1.0

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:44 PM.


(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:44 PM.

(C) 2011 Riggs Publications - Terms of use & Privacy Policy