This article explains how clients can terminate independent contractor (IC) agreements, either immediately or by setting a future date.
✅ Step 1 – Select contractor
Select the (1) People tab on your home page and select the (2) contractor to wish to terminate
✅ Step 2 – Open the Contract you want to Terminate
Select View Contract to open the contract that you want to Terminate.
✅ Step 3 – Select Set End Date on the contract
Scroll down to the End Contract Section on the right. Select Set End Date to initiate contract termination.
✅ Step 4 – Set the Ending Type and End Date
Choose if you want to end the contract on a specified future date, or terminate immediately.
We will inform you if the end date is less than the standard notice period for contract terminations.
✅ Step 5 – Select Reason for Ending Contract
You must select a reason for ending the contract and provide a detailed explanation.
Note: Your Reason for Ending Contract and Explanation for the Reason Above will not be shared with the contractor. If you want to include an explanatory note that will be shared with your worker, you can write this message in the secondary Additional Details box.
Optional: Enter any Additional Details that you'd like to include. Click to Browse, or Drag & Drop to attach Additional Documents.
Click Next to continue.
✅ Step 6 – Adjust final payments
You can edit the monthly payment to add a Full Amount, Calculated Amount, a Custom Amount to the monthly rate. (See the FAQs for more details.)
Select a Fixed Rate Amount
Any changes you make to the Fixed Rate Amount selection will immediately update the Final Payment amounts in the section below.
- If you have selected Calculated Amount, you can adjust the Calculation Type and Work Week used in the calculation.
Select the Pencil Icon to Edit the Calculated Rate
Optional: Toggle the Calculation Type between "Working Days" and "Calendar Days".
Optional: Toggle the Working Week between "Monday to Friday" and "Sunday to Thursday"
Select Update to save changes. Select Cancel to return to Final Payment Adjustments.
Under Final Payment, you can select Add Item in order to add or remove extra items like expenses or bonuses. You must select the type of adjustment, the amount, description, and upload a receipt if needed.
Click Next to continue.
Note: If the employee has been provided with Company Owned or Leased Deel Equipment, an additional Manage Equipment Step will be added to assist you in initiating equipment return.
✅ Step 7 – Review summary and Submit
Review the end of contract date and payment details. Click Submit to continue.
Note: An email with updates will be shared with the contractor when you submit.
[ACCORDION] Can I terminate a contract before the standard notice period is over?
Yes. We will inform you if your requested termination date is less than the standard notice period.
[ACCORDION] Will the contractor be notified of my explanation for terminating the contract?
No, we will not share your mandatory reason for ending the contract or the additional explanation you provide.
If you want to include an explanatory note that will be shared with your worker, you can write this message in the Additional Details section.
[ACCORDION] What does a calculated amount mean for a final contractor payment?
A calculated amount is a final payment that is calculated from the number of working days between the contract end date and the start of the payment cycle.
[ACCORDION] How long do contractors have access to their Deel account after the contract is terminated?
After the contract is terminated, contractors will retain access to their Deel account indefinitely. Deel user accounts are not tied to employment - they remain available even after a worker's contracts, EOR employment relationship, etc have ended. This ensures that users still have access to their work records and important documents (tax information, payslips, invoices, etc).
Its completely free to keep your Deel account, and contractors can continue to use it for future contracts and employment opportunities. It is important that contractors set their account email to a personal address so that they don't lose access to their account after a contract ends. Please reach out to Deel support anytime for assistance updating the email address on your Deel account.