As the name suggests, an employment contract is a document that defines the working relationship between and employer and an employee. Contracts set in writing the details of the employer’s expectations for the employee, and the employee’s duties and compensation. Contracts are a very important part of certain working relationships; while they do not need to be drafted and signed for every employee, they are often necessary for top-level or vital employees.
Employment contracts establish the basics of a working relationship, and define a responsibility both parties have to one another. If your employer has violated the terms of this contract, an employment lawyer may be able to help you fight for your rights. To learn more about how we can help you, contact the Austin employment attorneys of The Melton Law Firm, by calling 512-330-0017 today.
Elements of an Employment Contract
The most basic part of an employment contract describes the most fundamental parts of the job: what you as an employee will be expected to do, and how much you will get paid for it. In addition to this, a contract can define:
- The duration of the job, if any. If the job is limited to two years, for example, it will be defined in the contract.
- The benefits that come with employment, such as health insurance, vacation and sick days, disability leave, etc.
- Grounds for termination.
- No-compete or limited-compete clauses, which limit your ability to take a similar position with a competitor.
By signing a contract, both parties are promising to uphold the terms described within it. If one party later neglects to meet this obligation, it may be necessary to take legal action against him or her.
If your employer has violated the terms of the contract, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about how we can help represent you, contact the Austin employment lawyers of The Melton Law Firm, today by calling 512-330-0017.