Understanding employment contracts

Employment contracts, also known as employment agreements, are crucial legal documents that govern the working relationship between an employer and an employee. These contracts outline the terms of employment, including position, responsibilities, compensation, hours of work, vacation time, and workplace policies.

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Key clauses in employment contracts

  • The termination clause: This section outlines the notice or severance pay owed if you are terminated without cause. It’s important to review this clause carefully, as it can significantly impact the size of your severance package..
  • Non-competition clause: These clauses attempt to restrict your ability to work for competitors or start a competing business after leaving the company. However, they are often difficult to enforce.
  • Changing the terms of employment: Some contracts allow employers to change employment terms unilaterally, which can impact your rights in cases of constructive dismissal.
  • New employment contract: If asked to sign a new contract, it’s crucial to have it reviewed by a legal expert to ensure your rights are protected.

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