Employment contracts in Houston, Texas are legally binding and consist of an agreement between employer and employee regarding specified work conditions. Most Texas employment contracts can be negotiable since both parties benefit from a suitable agreement that is unique to their circumstances. 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 Texas Employment Contracts
An employment contract in Texas 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, the contract can contain a termination clause, also known as a "severance clause". Courts have held that employers who violate these clauses when firing a person may be sued for wrongful termination. Also, confidentiality and non-compete clauses make all information obtained or work completed by an employee under contract subject to particular rules.
How Can a Houston Lawyer Help?
Houston has many lawyers specializing in Texas employment law who can help you understand what the terms of the employment contract are. You may also get advice from a lawyer about fairness in the contract terms, and they will negotiate certain clauses that will meet your needs in beginning or ending employment.