An Athens, Georgia employment contract is an agreement where the employer and employee each intend to legally bind the other to specificed conditions in the work relationship. Georgia contracts are mostly negotiable since both employer and employee benefit from an agreement that is tailored to their particular work setting. If conditions are met, the employment contract for a set period of time will provide the employee with a guarantee of job security. It also gives employees some degree of control directly over employee productivity.
Common Terms in Georgia Employment Contracts
Job descriptions, wage levels, length of time of employment (or more likely, at will employment), and grounds for promotion or termination are usually included in the majority of Georgia employment contracts. Contracts might also contain less commonly used clauses. First, arbitration clauses require parties to give up their rights to sue in court for any type of employment dispute.
Additionally, the contract can contain a termination clause, also known as a "severance clause". Courts have held that employers who violate these clauses when firing a person may be sued for wrongful termination. Furthermore, information or work that is obtained or completed by an employee may be subject to confidentiality and non-compete clauses.
How Can an Athens Lawyer Help?
Athens has many lawyers specializing in Georgia employment law who may help you understand what the terms of the employment contract are. A lawyer can also lend counsel about what is fair to you in the contract, and can negotiate specific terms that will address your individual concerns as you enter or leave employment.