In Sharon, Massachusetts, an employment contract is agreement between an employer and employee which legally binds them to conditions stated in the work relationship. Many Massachusetts employment contracts can be negotiable since both parties benefit from a suitable agreement that is unique to their circumstances. Employment contracts specifying a period of employment provide employees with some measure of job security if conditions are satisfied. They further permit the employer to directly control employee productivity to some degree.
Common Terms in Massachusetts Employment Contracts
Terms that are included in the majority of employment contracts in Massachusetts include the job description, salary or wages, length of employment (or if it at will) and grounds for termination or advancement. Some clauses are less common but still worthy of being noted. First, the contract may contain an arbitration clause which requires that parties forgo going to court over an employment dispute.
Additionally, a severance clause or "termination clause" outlines the process for ending the employment. Courts have held employers liable for wrongful termination when violating such clauses. Thirdly, confidentiality and non-compete clauses make any information obtained or work completed by an employee under contract subject to certain rules.
How Can a Sharon Lawyer Help?
A Sharon lawyer who specializes in the employment laws of Massachusetts can assist you in understanding what is contained in an employment contract. You may also get advice from a lawyer about fairness in the contract terms, and they will negotiate specific clauses that will meet your needs in beginning or ending employment.