In Standish, 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 typically negotiable since both employer and employee benefit from an agreement that is tailored to their specific 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
An employment contract in Maine will normally provide for the following terms: job position description, compensation, duration of employment period (or at-will), and grounds for promotion/termination. Some clauses are less common but still worthy of being noted. First, the contract might include an arbitration clause which requires that parties forgo going to court over 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 a Standish Lawyer Help?
Standish has many lawyers specializing in Maine employment law who can 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 particular terms that will address your specific concerns as you enter or leave employment.