Inclusion of benefits in employment contract?
December 13, 2011 5:57 AM Subscribe
Should health benefits and who will pay those health benefits be included in an employment contract?
posted by Diplodocus to Work & Money (8 answers total)
I started work at a start up company in Ontario, Canada a few months ago. Health benefits (vision, dental, prescription coverage) were promised to me, and were part of my consideration of the salary I accepted.
The company has just now gotten around to having us sign employment contracts. My contract doesn't promise the benefits I listed above, but has a short wishy-washy sentence about being allowed to "participate" in any benefit plans that "might" be offered. There is no mention of what types of benefits would be included or that the company would pay for them. There is no reference to any external documents detailing included benefits.
I'm not worried about the short term, but I'm worried about a few years down the line if someone were to decide that employees should be paying part of the insurance premiums or that one aspect might no longer be included - especially since this is a start-up and things are always changing. The contract has standard text about it constituting the whole agreement between us (i.e. any prior promises of benefits are void).
Am I right to want text included about the benefits including vision, dental and prescription coverage and about it being at the cost of the company? Or am I just being paranoid? Are benefits normally stipulated in some way in the contract?