North Carolina Employment Contract Templates

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The North Carolina employment contract agreement is a document that an employer may draft in order to specify the terms and conditions under which a new employee must operate. In addition to describing the amount and frequency of payment, the form also describes any benefits that the employee will be entitled to as a part of their agreement. This contract may be used to cover both long-term and short-term employment. It may also be used to hire someone for a supervisory position with the power to hire additional employees. Furthermore, there are multiple clauses that the employer can include to prevent certain liabilities from occurring, such as non-disclosure and non-compete clauses which prevent the employee from acting in direct competition with their business.

LawsChapter 95 (Department of Labor and Labor Regulations)

Table of Contents

By Type (4)


Employee Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) – Prohibits one (1) or two (2) parties from revealing trade secrets and other confidential business information with direct industry competitors.

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Employee Non-Compete Agreement – A contract that restricts the employee from entering into competition with the employer’s business. This type of contract may only prevent an employee’s professional activity covering a “reasonable” duration of time and geographical area. Unreasonable terms for such agreements are generally unenforceable and illegal in the State.

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Independent Contractor Agreement – Drafted by an individual or entity when hiring an independent contractor to establish terms for the completion of a specific project.

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Subcontractor Agreement – Used by a prime contractor to specify the agreed upon compensation and duration of employment for a subcontractor.

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What is an Employee?

“Employee” Definition – § 95-25.2

“. . . includes any individual employed by an employer.”

At-Will Employment

At-Will Employment – Allowed with the exception of any “Public Policy” understandings.

Income Tax Rate (Individual)

Individual Income Tax Rate – 5.25 % (§ 105-153.7)

Minimum Wage ($/hr)

Minimum Wage – $7.25 (§ 95-25.3 – federal law applies)

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