Yakima, employment contracts between an employer and employee legally bind them to specific conditions in their work relationship. Most employment contracts in Washington are negotiable because both parties often find it beneficial to arrive on a unique agreement that best suits the circumstances. 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 Washington Employment Contracts
Washington employment contracts typically include many terms such as a description of the job, employment duration (generally at-will employment), compensation/benefits, and grounds for terminating. However, there are also other, less common, clauses that are worthy of notice. First, an arbitration clause requires parties to forego their rights to access the courts for any 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. Thirdly, information or work that is obtained or completed by an employee may be subject to confidentiality and non-compete clauses.
How Can a Yakima Lawyer Help?
A Yakima 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.