Employment Contract Review
Trustworthy Help from Our New York Employment Law Attorney
A contract is basically a promise or set of promises for the breach of
which the law gives a remedy, or the performance of which the law may
recognize a duty. Employment contracts are used to mandate the specific
terms and conditions the employee must agree to if they decide to accept
This may include terms on the following:
- Duration of the job
- Responsibilities and expectations
- Salary and raise stipulations
These agreements may also include detailed terms on the length of employment,
acceptable reasons for termination, and the amount of severance pay that
will be offered.
Formal written employment agreements that guarantee employment for a specific
period of time are rare, given the employment-at-will rule in most states.
They do exist, however, especially in tight labor markets where employers
are competing for talent. Executives, top sales and marketing people,
as well as experts specializing in certain technical fields, often have
Furthermore, in order to maintain the level of productivity and retain
important employees, companies are often including restrictive clauses,
such as those enforcing non-competes or solicitation with other similar
companies. These stipulations are typically reserved for employees who
will have access to sensitive and confidential information regarding the
operations of the business.
While most contracts and agreements are in writing, some may be made orally
as well. Though these are more difficult to prove, they can still be legally
binding in many cases. For example, if an employee or employer is relying
on assurances or promises that are broken, they may be held liable if
they knew these promises to be false. However, it should not be assumed
that these issues will always be upheld and enforced by the court. If
your employer takes actions that violate the terms in your contract, you
may be able to take steps to bring a lawsuit against them to recover economic
damages caused by the breach.
Do I need a New York employment law attorney for my case?
Having a legal advocate by your side in any contractual matter is absolutely
crucial. A qualified New York employment law attorney can stand by your
side during this time and ensure that your rights remain safeguarded.
They can also advise you on the best steps to take when agreeing to and
litigating a contract, as they often understand the complex language and
If you are concerned about provisions in a
severance agreement or employment contract, we urge you to contact us online or call us to
speak with one of our attorneys.