Whether you’re an employer putting together your “dream team” or an entrepreneur navigating the gig economy, it is imperative that you understand exactly what you are signing up for when you agree to an employment contract. Otherwise, you could get lost in the excited promise of pay raises, advancement opportunities, and new challenges, and find yourself disappointed and taken advantage of. It’s important to take the time now to thoroughly understand that contract so you don’t wind up with regrets, later. Over and over, we have seen what can happen when employment contracts are glossed over or, worse yet, ignored altogether. That said, we have supported many clients in navigating disputes over their employment, and, if you feel you’re being treated unfairly, we can help you get the assistance you deserve.
Employment Law FAQs
Put simply, an employment contract is the written agreement between an employer and an employee that spells out the terms of their relationship. This agreement may illustrate the employee’s hourly rate or yearly salary. Health insurance, sick leave, and grounds for termination may also be illustrated in such an agreement. The contract could also include how much notice is required before the work relationship is terminated.
Your contract should also specify the time frame, any confidentiality agreements, severance payments, non-compete clauses, and more.
Not all employment situations require such a contract, but it’s a good idea to avoid potential disputes down the road.
Revisit the conversations you had during the recruitment process. What promises were made? Are those reflected in your documentation? If not, what should be added or removed? Make sure your expected salary, bonuses, and hours are clearly illustrated.
In some instances, you may be able to resign and make a claim. When you call our office, we will spend the time with you to help you determine the next best steps.
In addition to individual employment contracts, we support employers in crafting the contracts that manage how employees represent them, ensuring that their commercial interests are protected.
Unless a written contract says otherwise, employment in the Sunshine State is considered “at-will.” This means that an employee can be let go for any reason so long as that employer doesn’t violate a discrimination law.
This means that your job status could be subjected to the ever-changing whims of another colleague. When you contact our office, we can assist you in understanding the repercussions of this law.