Why should be put in an employment contract?
Most employees today are at-will and do not have a contract governing the terms of their employment, but contracts are still used in some fields such as in the medical industry or with high-level executives. Having a well-tailored employment contract can be vital to your employment experience. A properly tailored contract can outline your obligations, compensation, training, evaluations, and severance if terminated.
Why should I have my employment contract reviewed by an attorney?
An employer has a self-interest in providing you with an employment contract that includes the most pro-employer policies possible. An attorney can review the contract to make sure it provides fairer terms including a "just cause" termination provision and appropriate severance pay and benefits in the event you are terminated. An attorney can also review any bonus or commission provision to ensure it is as easy as possible to earn the bonus or commission. In short, you should not assume that the initial contract you are given is fair. Only an experienced employment attorney can ensure that your employment agreement contains the best possible terms.
What to do if your employment contract has been breached?
Most employment contracts are for a fixed time period and contain a clause that permits termination only "for cause". Disputes often arise when an employer terminates an employee for an reason that does not fit within the definition of "for cause". An employee in this situation has a breach of contract claim. In other situations, an employer may unilaterally modify contractual terms in violation of the original contract and then retaliate against an employee for attempting to enforce the original contract terms.