Getting hired, for many people, involves an employment agreement signed by both the employer and employee. This is an important document because it states the duties the employee will perform and the compensation he or she will receive. An employment agreement also identifies the actions an employee may take or is forbidden to take when he or she leaves the place of employment. Legal matters are not do-it-yourself projects. It is all too easy to sign papers without carefully reading the fine print, or understanding everything written in the contract. This is precisely why you should consult with an employment attorney when entering into any agreement for an employment agreement review or if you have questions about a contract you have already signed.
Why You Need Our Employment Attorney To Review Your Employment Agreements
Kristi Favard prides herself on making a personal connection with every one of her clients. Believing that trust is an essential element of first-rate legal representation, she will get to know you and your goals to make sure your contract contains the details you need to obtain your goals. She has significant experience in drafting, negotiating, and litigating contracts and is familiar with common mistakes and loopholes employers use. She will protect you from agreeing to:
- Too little compensation
- Too much restriction in terms of future employment
- Too little severance when you are let go
She will also take measures to protect you in the event of termination. In most cases, unless you are working under contract for a specified period of time, you will be an “at-will” employee who can be terminated for any reason except a discriminatory one. Though this may make it seem as if your employer has complete control over you in the workplace, Kristi will negotiate terms that protect your best interests.
Types of Employment Agreements
In addition to the original employment agreement signed at the time of hiring, there are other legally binding employee agreements you may be asked to sign during your tenure or when you are moving on, such as non-disclosure, non-compete or severance agreements. Each one of these should be reviewed carefully by a competent employment attorney before you sign it since it may impact your life well into the future.
Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs)
Depending on your type of work, you may be asked to sign a separate Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). This agreement is crafted to protects your employer by requiring you to keep the company’s confidential information private. Confidential information may include new concepts and inventions, trade secrets, and client lists, any of which may be invaluable to competitors who may also be your new employer when you leave your current job.
Depending on the type of business you’re in, your employer may ask you to sign a non-compete agreement as a precondition or condition of employment. Such an agreement requires you not to work for a competitor of your employer. These restrictions must be limited to a particular geographical area and period of time. Sometimes employees end up violating non-compete agreements due to the nature of their work and inability to work in another field or location. When an employer threatens to sue or actually file a lawsuit against an employee for violating a non-compete, it is critical that the employee has legal representation.
Kristi has experience with negotiating and litigating restrictive covenants such as non-solicitation and non-compete agreements. She will make sure that the restrictions in such agreements are not too broad and that you will still be able to make a living. She can also assist you in defending yourself when an employer has accused you of breaching these terms or in reaching an agreement with your employer so you may still earn a living.
Severance agreements are normally signed at the time you are laid off or let go by your employer. When you sign a severance agreement you typically receive a “severance package,” which includes money to compensate you for your loss of a job. These agreements are in the best interests of your employer because they usually require you to sign away your rights to sue the company for anything that took place during your employment. Your severance agreement may require your agreement not to apply for a job or ever work for the employer (or its subsidiaries and affiliates) again and not to speak ill of the company in any public forum. Severance agreements should always be reviewed by an experienced employment law attorney, as employers routinely include terms that are unfair to employees.
Contact Our Everett Employment Agreement Review Lawyer
Whether you are signing an employment agreement prior to being hired or when you are leaving the company, you need an attorney who knows how to protect your rights under state and federal laws. Kristi Favard will make sure you are protected and treated fairly. She will also determine whether your employer is fairly compensating you and will ensure that you are not waiving any rights or claims without being fairly compensated for them. Make sure you contact Sapphire Legal before you sign any agreement with your employer. We are here to protect you.