An employment contract in Southern Pines, consists of a legally binding agreement between the employer and the employee for conditions specified for the employment relationship. Most employment contracts in North Carolina are negotiable because both parties often find it beneficial to arrive on an unique agreement that best suits the 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 North Carolina Employment Contracts
The majority of employment contracts in the state of North Carolina include the following: salary or wages, job descriptions, duration of employment (if any - most are at will), and termination/advancement grounds. 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 Southern Pines Lawyer Help?
A Southern Pines lawyer who specializes in the employment laws of North Carolina 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 particular terms that will address your specific concerns as you enter or leave employment.