In Westport, Massachusetts, an employment contract is agreement between an employer and employee which legally binds them to conditions specified in the work relationship. Most Massachusetts employment contracts can be negotiable since both parties benefit from a suitable agreement that is unique to their circumstances. Employment contracts specifying a term 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
The majority of employment contracts in the state of Massachusetts include the following: salary or wages, job descriptions, duration of employment (if any - most are at will), and termination/advancement grounds. Other clauses that are less common might also be contained in the contract. These might include: first, an arbitration clause stating that the parties may not sue should a dispute arise regarding the employment
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, information or work that is obtained or completed by an employee may be subject to confidentiality and non-compete clauses.
How Can a Westport Lawyer Help?
A Westport lawyer who specializes in the employment laws of Massachusetts may assist you in understanding what is contained in an employment contract. 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.