Wheeling, employment contracts between an employer and employee legally bind them to certain conditions in their work relationship. In West Virginia, most employment contracts are negotiable to enable both parties to arrive at a unique agreement suitable for the circumstances. An employment contract for a set term provides the employee with a guarantee of job security if the conditions are met, and it also allows employers some measure of direct control over employee productivity.

Common Terms in West Virginia Employment Contracts

An employment contract in West Virginia 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, 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. Also, clauses covering confidentiality and non-compete clauses subject all information completed or obtained by employees to particular rules.

How Can a Wheeling Lawyer Help?

An Wheeling attorney specializing in West Virginia employment law can help you to understand what a given employment contract contains. Also, a lawyer will advise you about what you think is fair in the employment contract, and they can negotiate the details when you enter or leave employment.