Once a job offer has been extended, many applicants are so excited for the opportunity that they don’t understand what exactly they are signing away when signing the employment contract. However, it is always critical for any potential employee to review, understand, and even negotiate employment contracts before making the decision to sign.
Here are some things to consider before signing an employment contract:
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is critical to protect your rights as an employee. If you have any questions or need help understanding or negotiating an employment contract, contact an employment attorney immediately. The attorneys at Maduff & Maduff have been practicing employment law for over 20 years, specializing in wage and overtime theft, discrimination, and civil rights. Contact us for any of your legal concerns today.