An Athens, Alabama employment contract is an agreement where the employer and employee each intend to legally bind the other to particular conditions in the work relationship. In Alabama, most employment contracts are negotiable to enable both parties to arrive at an unique agreement suitable for the circumstances. The employment contract setting a term helps give employees a guarantee of job stability upon meeting the conditions, and it further lets employees have some direct control over the productivity of employees.
Common Terms in Alabama Employment Contracts
Alabama employment contracts normally include many terms such as a description of the job, employment duration (generally at-will employment), compensation/benefits, and grounds for terminating. Please note, however, that contracts can contain other less common clauses. First, for example, an arbitration clause might require the parties to forgo the right to sue in the event of an employment dispute.
Second, termination or severance clauses detail the procedure for ending employment. Courts have held that when an employer violates these in firing an employee, the employee may sue for wrongful termination. Additionally, work that is completed by an employee, or information obtained by them are covered in clauses known as confidentiality clauses and non-compete clauses.
How Can an Athens Lawyer Help?
Athens has many lawyers specializing in Alabama employment law who can help you understand what the terms of the employment contract are. Also, a lawyer will advise you about what you think is fair in the employment contract, and they can negotiate the details when you enter or leave employment.