Some employers request employees to sign a contract at the beginning of a job. Are you considering signing an employee contract? We advise you to seek legal advice before blindly going forward. At Andrea Cook & Associates, we have 30 years of experience reviewing and considering employment contracts.
Upon hiring us, we will thoroughly review your contract, explain legal terminology, and help you negotiate terms of the contract that may (or may not) be in your best interests. If your contract includes a non-compete clause, you must seek the guidance of an experienced lawyer. Whether your contract involves severance, non-compete, compensation, or other matters, we are here to preserve your rights.
How an Attorney Can Help with Employment Contracts
Executives, managers, and other professionals commonly enter into employment contracts with the companies that hire them.
These contracts lay out the specific terms of employment, which can include:
- Salary, bonuses, and commissions
- Length of employment
- The process for renewal of employment
- Employee responsibilities
- Non-compete clauses
- Confidentiality terms and agreement
- Intellectual property agreement
- Severance agreements
- Any other issue relevant to the situation
If the terms of your contract are violated by your employer, you may have a breach of contract and that calls for the services of an employment attorney. For example, if you are hired to work for a specific time period and you are let go before your contract term expires, you may have a wrongful termination case. Our firm can represent you in any breach of contract or other matter related to your contract.
It is always best to understand any contract you must sign to avoid any unwelcome surprises that could follow. Employee contracts can be dense with “legalese” that may be difficult to follow for the average person. Furthermore, we can help you negotiate better terms in place of ones that may be unfavorable or unworkable for you.
California does not require employment contracts. However, specific situations can occur in the employer-employee relationship where employers want to protect themselves with contracts. These situations will depend on the individual circumstances. For example, an employer may want to ensure that a new hire who will receive intensive training or be put on a special project remains with the company for a certain duration to justify being hired.
Regardless of the situation, when faced with the need to sign an employment contract or where you believe your contract has been violated, our team of seasoned employment law attorneys can provide needed advice, guidance, and representation.