The Pros and Cons Of Employment Contracts

The Pros and Cons Of Employment Contracts

While most employees in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are at-will workers, some work under employment contracts. It is important that you read your employment contract carefully so that you understand the requirements of your job. If your employer violates your contract, contact the law firm of Swartz Swidler.

What is in an employment contract?

Your employment contract should outline all of the expectations that your employer has of you. It should also state what you can expect from the employer in exchange for performing the duties of the job. You may also find other provisions in your employment contract, including the following:

  • The duration of your employment
  • Your responsibilities
  • Benefits
  • Policies about vacation time and sick leave
  • Reasons for termination
  • Non-compete covenants
  • Nondislosure agreements
  • Ownership agreements
  • Assignment clauses
  • Dispute resolution measures
  • At-will employment considerations

If you do not have a written contract, you are an at-will employee. This means that your employer can fire you whenever he or she wants and for whatever reason as long as the reason for firing you is not illegal. You are also free to resign from your position at any time.

Why employers use employment contracts

Employers may use employment contracts so that they can keep their star employees. These employees’ contracts might include terms that limit the reasons for which they can quit. They are also used when employees will be working with the company’s trade secrets. Employers may use employment contracts to attract top talent as well as to give the employers more control over their employees’ work.

Why employers may not use contracts

Some employers do not want to use contracts because they will have a more difficult time firing the contract workers if they don’t work out. Employers are also expected to act under the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. If the employers breach the contracts, the employees may file lawsuits against them.

If you have an employment contract and believe that your employer is in violation of its provisions, you may have legal rights. Contact the law firm of Swartz Swidler to learn about the remedies that might be available to you.