Onboarding New Tutors – Part 4: Contracts

Part of onboarding a new tutor is requiring them to sign a contract.  The contract language will vary based on the type of tutor you hire – employee or independent contractor.  This post is going to focus on contracts for employees.

A general tutor employee contract has three sections:

  1. Services, Work, and Materials
  2. Confidentiality and Non-Compete
  3. Termination and Indemnification

Let’s take a quick look at each section.

The first section basically confirms that the tutor understands and agrees to the information presented in the Employee Handbook. (Want to learn more about the Employee Handbook?  Check out this resource.) This section defines the role of the tutor as well as their responsibilities and duties. It also outlines compensation information and how often the tutor is paid.

In my opinion, the second section of the contract is the most important.  This section houses the confidentiality statement and the non-compete clause.  The confidentiality statement is just what you would imagine. It requires that the tutor keep all information related to their tutoring sessions confidential.

Now, let’s talk about the non-compete clause.  As far as I’m concerned, this is where the rubber meets the road. The non-compete clause does not allow your tutors to engage in similar services (such as tutoring) or solicit any of your clients for up to a certain period of time after the working relationship ends.  This part of the contract protects your business and prevents tutors from learning all of your inside secrets and then going out and starting their own tutoring center.

The third section of the contract has to do with termination and indemnification.  This section describes the process that must be followed if you decide to terminate a tutor or if a tutor chooses to terminate their working relationship with you.  

Indemnification states that the tutor agrees to hold harmless your business and its successors from any and all claims, demands, actions, causes of actions, suits at law or in equity, damages, costs, expenses and losses of any kind or nature whatsoever which may arise out of or from the work and services to be rendered and provided by the tutor for the benefit of the business.  Basically, this means that the tutor can’t sue you for anything.

These are the minimum requirements for a tutor contract.  Have your attorney review your contract and add any other pertinent items that are applicable to your business.  

How would you like a swipe file of the tutor contract I use for my employees?  You can get it when you purchase the Tutoring Center 101 online course. But you don’t only get this one template, you get lots of other swipe files as well.  From job descriptions to contracts to handbooks to everything you will need to onboard a new tutor. So, what is the Tutoring Center 101 course? It’s an online course that walks you step-by-step through the process of opening, operating, and successfully running a profitable tutoring center.  Check it out here!


By | 2018-05-24T20:30:42-04:00 April 4th, 2018|Opening a Tutoring Center|1 Comment

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