An employment contract in New York, consists of a legally binding agreement between the employer and the employee for conditions specified for the employment relationship. New York contracts are generally negotiable since both employer and employee benefit from an agreement that is tailored to their individual work setting. If conditions are met, the employment contract for a set amount of time will provide the employee with a guarantee of job security. It also gives employees some degree of control directly over employee productivity.
Common Terms in New York Employment Contracts
An employment contract in New York will usually 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.
Furthermore, 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. Also, clauses covering confidentiality and non-compete clauses subject all information completed or obtained by employees to particular rules.
How Can a New York Lawyer Help?
An New York attorney specializing in New York employment law can help you to understand what a given employment contract contains. Also, a lawyer will advise you about what you think is fair in the employment contract, and they can negotiate the details when you enter or leave employment.