Key points you shouldn’t miss when signing an employment contract

Starting a working career is not an easy thing to do; along with the excitement that this big step implies, there is uncertainty. Therefore, one of the main issues to pay attention to is the labor contract. You must be very observant and even know what elements this document should include so that the hiring process is carried out in the best way and you feel sure of the commitment you are getting involved in.

Here are the key points that you should identify in a contract before signing it:

  1. Verify the company and employee data: Verify that the name and company name of the organization are correct and that they also include the RFC and address. Check that all your personal information is correct, including your full name, marital status, CURP, RFC, to name a few.
  1. Review the type of contract: Pay attention to the type of contract that is stipulated and ensure that it’s consistent with the offer you were given. The type of contract can be for a specific work or time (hiring for a project or a trial period), a seasonal contract (this contract is for a defined duration), an initial training contract (this contract, as its name indicates, is to prepare the worker to perform the functions indicated) and finally, the type of contract for an indefinite period (this contract ends when one of the parties involved decides to terminate it).
  1. Take into account that the responsibilities or work to be performed must be described: The contract must describe in detail the activities you will perform as an employee, that is, the job for which you are hired, as well as the tasks to be performed. Again, make sure they are in accordance with the offer made to you.
  1. Verify the length of the workday, salary and benefits: Take time to identify the working hours required and the established salary, gross or net, in line with what is proposed in the Federal Labor Law. In addition, the method of payment, the payday, the pay period (weekly, biweekly, or monthly), and the place where the payment is collected should be determined. In relation to this element, the corporate benefits or additional bonuses that the company offers you must be clearly determined.
  1. Identify the benefits: Just as the details about the job are specified, the vacation days and benefits, such as the Christmas bonus and vacation premium percentages that correspond to you, must also be established.
  1. Pay attention to the annexes and additional clauses: Be careful to read what is known as “fine print” ; these are the clauses. You must be sure of everything that is expressed in them so that nothing escapes your radar.