Washington, D.C. Employment Contract Lawyers
Employment contracts, like many other contracts, are agreements between an employer and an employee that define each party’s rights. The employment contract can take a rich variety of forms, and cover many, many different points.
For example, an employment contract can address the term, or the length, of the contract. While employment in the District of Columbia is generally “at will” employment, an employer and an employee are free to enter into a contract for a specific period of time. If the employer and employee enter into such a term contract, certain events have to happen before either party can terminate the employer-employee relationship – an employer typically can’t fire an employee and an employee can’t quit at any time.
An employment contract can cover additional points, such as the employee’s ability to work for a competitor or start his or her own business after finishing work with the employer (a non-compete clause). Or, the contract can prevent the employee from disclosing certain information to other parties (non-disclosure agreements). Intellectual property provisions can also play a pivotal role. The employee’s rights and benefits, such as bonuses, commissions, etc. are also frequently covered in employment contracts.
The lesson here is that agreements between employers and employees (contracts) are extremely important because they will create certain rights and limit others. You want to make sure that your employment rights are adequately protected in any employment arrangement.
Contact Washington, D.C. Employee Rights Lawyers
Washington, D.C. employment lawyers at Klaproth Law will walk you through an employment contract, help you negotiate a contract, and enforce your employee rights under an existing employment contract.