A Georgia employment contract details the terms and conditions of employment and protects both the employer and the employee. The document clearly outlines the expected responsibilities of the employee and what salary and benefits they will receive from the employer.
For a contract to be valid in Georgia, it must meet certain key elements, including the contractual subject matter, the parties’ mutual agreement and capacity to contract, and the consideration  .
Hiring in Georgia
Before you write an employment contract, you need to be aware of Georgia’s labor laws and requirements.
There are no state exceptions for at-will employment in Georgia.
Minimum Wage ($/hr)
Basic Minimum Rate (per hour): $5.15.
Employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act must pay the current Federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
There are exceptions for who should be paid the minimum wage in Georgia, such as those under 20 years old ($4.25), full-time high school or college students who work part-time (85% of the minimum wage) and tipped employees (must earn a minimum of $7.25 an hour, including tips)  .
In Georgia, employment certificates are mandatory for minors  . However, age certification is not required.
Georgia requires employers to pay hourly employees at least semi-monthly.
Meal and Rest Breaks
There are no requirements in Georgia for employers to have minimum paid rest periods or minimum meal periods.
Employers in Georgia are required to keep employee records of personal information, wages, and hours for at least one year after the record is made  , and on:
- Safety and health/workers’ compensation
- Child labor
- Unemployment insurance (4 years)
Use a Georgia employment contract template to ensure you include all necessary information. Download one below in PDF or Word format.