Employment contracts in Norfolk, 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. The employment contract setting a term helps give employees a guarantee of job stability upon meeting the conditions, and it further lets employees have some direct control over the productivity of employees.
Common Terms in Virginia Employment Contracts
The majority of employment contracts in the state of Virginia 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, 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. Third, 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 Norfolk Lawyer Help?
A Norfolk lawyer who specializes in the employment laws of Virginia 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 specific terms that will address your individual concerns as you enter or leave employment.