Brier, employment contracts between an employer and employee legally bind them to particular conditions in their work relationship. Most employment contracts in Washington are negotiable because both parties often find it beneficial to arrive on an unique agreement that best suits the 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 Washington Employment Contracts
Washington employment contracts normally include many terms such as a description of the job, employment duration (generally at-will employment), compensation/benefits, and grounds for terminating. 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, 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. Also, information or work that is obtained or completed by an employee may be subject to confidentiality and non-compete clauses.
How Can a Brier Lawyer Help?
A Brier lawyer who specializes in the employment laws of Washington may assist you in understanding what is contained in an employment contract. You can also obtain counsel from an attorney as to what is fair in a contract. They can also negotiate terms for you with regards to concerns with entering or leaving employment.