Work for Hire Agreement Template
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What Is a Work for Hire Agreement?
A Work for Hire Agreement is a document used when hiring independent contractors that will help protect both the worker and client from potential contract disagreements. This agreement will detail all aspects of the job role, projects that will be completed, project timelines, and how the independent contractor will be paid. This document can also help clarify who will own the rights to all work completed and if the independent contractor will be able to use any of the work as examples of work.
A pre-made Work for Hire Agreement can be created by a client or independent contractor to have as an easy-to-use template on hand. A printable Work for Hire Agreement template can be downloaded through the link below.
How to Write a Work for Hire Agreement?
To create a Work for Hire Agreement you will want to organize it into the following sections:
- An introduction section with the name of the service provider, client, start date, and the work for hire agreement title.
- Services to be performed will be listed out in detail, including projects and expectations.
- Compensation for an independent contractor and how payment will be given.
- Ownership of the work produced, and what, if any, rights the independent contractor might have to the ownership of completed work. Normally it is understood that the independent contractor will have no rights to the work produced.
- Length of time the work for hire agreement is valid, with a clear end date listed.
- A statement that the independent contractor will be acting as an independent contractor and not an employee of the entity that is utilizing their services. This is also known as a "Service Provider Relationship Statement."
- Confidentiality statement that the independent contractor will not share or distribute any proprietary information or trade secrets during the course of their work with the entity they are completing work for. This section of the agreement will also remain binding after the agreed end date.
- Termination of the agreement by either the independent contractor or client if one side believes any part of the Work for Hire agreement has been violated. The independent contractor also agrees to return any materials or work completed within 30 days of terminating the contract.
- Representations and Warranties that each side is authorized to enter into the work for hire agreement, and that the agreement itself will not violate other agreements either party has been or will enter into with outside third parties.
- Indemnity on behalf of both parties, with each party holding the other in good faith if the agreement should be infringed upon and thus terminated.
- Limitation of liability that will absolve either party in the event of loss of revenue, failure to deliver or delay costs, or any other damage or loss not caused by the two agreeing parties nor any third parties.
- The final section that states this work for hire agreement is a legally binding document between the two parties listed in the first section. This document is also subject to any local, state, and federal laws in the United States.
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