An Overview on Employee Contracts
If you are interviewing for a new job or looking for employment in Connecticut, your future employer may bring up the subject of a contract. An employment contract is generally used for three different reasons: to sweeten a job offer, control the employee, and guarantee at-will employment. Employment contracts are not too common, but they do exist. It is best to speak with a Connecticut employment lawyer to learn more information regarding these types of contracts.
When an employer uses an employment contract as a form of control, the contract will generally contain a detailed description of the job, the job’s salary and the terms of the employment. This could mean an outline of the length of time you are required to stay on the job or a length of time that the job will actually last.
An employment contract may also include non-compete or confidentiality agreements. Employers may also use employee contracts to specify the expected standards of performance and the grounds for potential termination. These agreements can make it easier for companies to fire employees who are not performing the work to their expected standard.
Common Types of Employment Contracts
The most common type of employment contract is a permanent contract. This means that the contract is good until the employee or the employer decides to end the relationship.
Permanent contracts generally include the following:
- employee and employer’s name
- job title and description
- date employment began
- pay rate and schedule
- number of hours required by the employee
- holidays/sick pay
- disciplinary procedures
- pensions/retirement information
- how long employment is expected to continue
Since the contract is a mutual agreement, the employer must give work to the employee in exchange for a salary, and likewise, the employee must perform his or her expected duties. If the employee refuses to perform their duties as stated, they are in a breach of contract.
Because permanent contracts last indefinitely, the employer must add flexibility to the contract, such as working hours, maternity pay information, and other employee benefits. There should also be some details as to how the employer can make certain changes to the contract.
If you are entering into an employment contract with a potential employer, contact the experienced team at Licari, Walsh & Sklaver, LLC to have your contract reviewed, for additional information and answers to any questions you may have.