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Can I negotiate my Offer of Employment in Alberta?

Surprisingly, many people do not know that many job offers can be negotiated. Not all offers can be negotiated, but things like vacation pay, hours, duties, holidays and even pay are up for grabs. In this article we look at issues to look at in negotiating your offer. Some employers will not engage in negotiation, but many will. Things to look out for:

  1. Limitations on termination pay. These have to be drafted properly in order to be effective. As an employee you want to make sure that you are still able to obtain pay in lieu of notice.

  2. Job description. It is important to make sure that your duties align to your understanding of the position.

  3. Non-competition/non- solicitation provisions. A non competition provision may mean you cannot work for a competitor of your employer. Non-solicitation may mean you cannot actively solicit clients or employees. These restrictive covenants can really cause issues if you leave and they are enforced against you.

  4. Discretionary bonuses or pay. We advise caution when not agreeing to objective measures to obtain bonuses, because these payments are often withheld.

  5. Vacation time. Often if employers are not willing to negotiate on salary, they may move on vacation pay.

  6. Salary. We have obtained success in negotiating salary. By the time an employer makes an offer, someone internally is invested in you as a candidate.

If you need assistance negotiating a contract of employment please feel free to contact us.

The information contained in this article is not legal advice. No solicitor client relationship is formed through this article. The reader is encouraged to retain counsel for advice in these matters.

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