Employment Contracts: Should You Sign?

You got the job! Now, here comes the hard part…reading and understanding your employment contract. While you may be thrilled to start your new job, however, it is critical for a you to know what you may be accepting by signing their employment contract.

And little do people know, by reviewing and understanding your employment contract before you sign, you may possibly be able to negotiate your employment contract, which could potentially make for a more positive experience.

Here are some helpful tips on what you should do before signing your employment contract:

1. Read and understand the contract. While most contracts are basic and easy to understand, it is important to ensure that you take the time to read it, understand it, and ask questions before signing it.

2. Understand the grounds for termination. Not only is it important to know the termination clause, but the reasons in which your employment may be terminated. It is also a good idea to ask if there is a severance agreement upon termination and the details of such an agreement.

3. Understand the non-compete clause. Most businesses these days are using non-compete clauses in order to protect themselves. Be sure, however, that before you sign a non-compete agreement, you understand the work that you will be able to perform after you leave your company. Some non-compete agreements may prohibit an employee from working at another business within so many miles of their previous employer.

4. Negotiate and compromise. If there is something in your employment contract or non-compete agreement that you do not agree with, it is okay to negotiate or ask for a compromise. Often times, if an employer really wants to have you on their team, they will typically be willing to work out some sort of an agreement, but it must be within reason.

If you have any questions or need help understanding or negotiating an employment contract, contact the employment attorneys at Maduff & Maduff immediately. Practicing employment law for over 20 years, Maduff & Maduff has been specializing in protecting employees’ rights. Contact us for any of your legal concerns today.