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Employee contracts for job

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Our company is being hired by another company for installation services they requested six of our installers this group of guys are to go out of state and remain at this job site from September 23rd until November 15th they will work graveyard 6 days out the week and we are paying hotel stay. It is very important that this job gets done and although we have explained this to them I would like to make a contract for each employee going and was wondering what I could do as a consequence in case someone decides to leave for a not a valid reason or does not "feel" like working when they are supposed to since we HAVE TO finish this job. Our company is based in CA and all of our employee reside in California as well the job site will be in Texas.


I need to figure out what type of consequence I can impose if they don't do what they are supposed to do basically.

Good morning Maritza,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

As you are a CA company and your employees are CA residents, even though they may work temporarily out of CA for you on a project, they are still protected by CA law, and the CA wage laws and other employment laws will apply to them.

You may make an agreement with them that decreases their wages (not retroactively) if they violate company policy so long as they are paid at least minimum wage---or prevailing wage if this is a government job. You may suspend them or even terminate them for failing to perform as expected.

About the only thing that you may not do is anything that affects their wages retroactively---meaning, you may not deduct money for wages already earned. All changes must be made for future work only.

Basically, what you need is a good solid supervisor who won’t tolerate any nonsense, and give them the right to make immediate decisions as regards XXXXX XXXXX decreases in hourly wages/suspensions/terminations.

Your contract would merely spell out the expectations of your company and the range of possible sanctions that are possible for disobedience to the rules of the company or the directions of the supervisor on the job. It is not necessary---or wise---to spell out a specific punishment for a specific act. Rather just provide a list of possible consequences, and leave it to the supervisor to use some common sense in dealing with problems as they crop up.

You may of court give more specific direction to the supervisor in terms of what punishments to use in certain circumstances---but that need not be part of the contract with the employees you are sending out there.

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