In Augusta, Maine, an employment contract is agreement between an employer and employee which legally binds them to conditions specified in the work relationship. Maine contracts are mostly negotiable since both employer and employee benefit from an agreement that is tailored to their particular work setting. An employment contract for a set term provides the employee with a guarantee of job security if the conditions are met, and it also allows employers some measure of direct control over employee productivity.
Common Terms in Maine 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 Maine employment contracts. 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.
Furthermore, 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, non-compete clauses and confidentiality clauses make the information or work obtained or completed by contract employees subject to specific rules.
How Can an Augusta Lawyer Help?
An Augusta lawyer who specializes in the employment laws of Maine may 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.