Employment contracts in Ashland, Virginia are legally binding and consist of an agreement between employer and employee regarding specified work conditions. Contracts for employment in the state of Virginia are negotiable, which allows the parties to arrive at an agreement best suited to their work relationship. 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 Virginia Employment Contracts
Job descriptions, wage levels, length of time of employment (or more likely, at will employment), and grounds for promotion or termination are normally included in the majority of Virginia employment contracts. Contracts may also contain less commonly used clauses. First, arbitration clauses require parties to give up their rights to sue in court for any type of employment dispute.
Second, 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. Additionally, information or work that is obtained or completed by an employee may be subject to confidentiality and non-compete clauses.
How Can an Ashland Lawyer Help?
Ashland has many lawyers specializing in Virginia 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 certain terms that will address your particular concerns as you enter or leave employment.