Pennsylvania and New Jersey Attorneys for Employment Contracts
Most employers hire on an "at will" basis. However, some require contacts, which are binding on both the employer and the employee. An employment contract sets the terms of a person's job. Those terms may include pay, benefits, performance expectations, terms for ownership of one's work, grounds for termination and more.
A contract may be negotiated, and a knowledgeable attorney can assist in those negotiations. On the other hand, if an employer breaches the contract, an attorney can assist in holding the employer accountable.
Philadelphia Lawyer for Employment Contracts
At Console Mattiacci Law, LLC, we assist employees confronted with an employment contract issue. We are experienced in negotiating contracts and contract renewals for executives, professionals and any other type of employee. We also litigate cases in which the employer is in breach of the contract.
For any issue pertaining to an employment contract, it's strongly advisable that you seek the advice and representation of an experienced Philadelphia employment contract lawyer. At Console Mattiacci Law, LLC, our attorneys have been recognized by our peers for our skill in representing employees. Call us today at 215-545-7676 to schedule a consultation.
We have offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Moorestown, New Jersey. We serve people throughout those states, including, but not limited to, Philadelphia, Bucks, Lancaster, Montgomery, Chester and Delaware Counties in Pennsylvania, and Camden, Gloucester, Ocean, Cape May, Atlantic, and Burlington Counties in New Jersey. Additionally, we also represent clients throughout New York.
Overview of Employment Contract Law
A contract is binding on both parties — both the employer offering the contract and on the employee signing it. If an employee receives a contract or offer letter and is asked to sign, it is very important that he or she makes a well-advised decision. An unfavorable contract can lock that person into poor compensation and problematic terms, and can even restrict future opportunities.
Likewise, an employee may be offered a renewal contract or a new contract upon being promoted. A new contract can mean new terms, and it is imperative that the employee assumes a good working relationship with the employer and sign without careful review.
An offer is a contract is only an offer, and the terms may be negotiated. An experienced lawyer who understands employment contracts can assist.
Terms of an employment contract may include those involving:
- Compensation, including salary and bonuses;
- Benefits, including health plans, retirement fund plans, stock options, paid vacation and sick leave;
- Title and job description, including outlining responsibilities, performance standards and benchmarks;
- Restrictions on the ability of the employee to work for competitors in the future;
- Confidentiality clauses, and repercussions for breaking confidentiality;
- Grounds for termination and severance packages;
- Duration of employment;
- Ownership of work product and intellectual property; and
- Relocation costs, housing, and vehicles.
An attorney can explain to a potential employee the ramifications of any term in a proposed contract and can represent the employee in negotiations with the employer.
The contract is binding on all parties, meaning that the employer must abide by the contract's terms. If the employer violates the terms of the contract, it is called "breach." The employer may breach the contract by not fulfilling their agreement on pay or benefits, by changing the terms of the contract or by terminating employment on grounds not included in the contract.
The employee may sue the employer for breach. In litigation over contracts, the plaintiff, or person suing, may seek monetary damages and/or require that the contract is completed, called "specific performance."
Console Mattiacci Law, LLC ǀ Philadelphia-Area Attorney for Your Employment Contract Dispute
If you are in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or New York and have been offered a contract by an employer, it would be to your benefit to have a skilled Philadelphia employment lawyer review that contract. The attorney could then negotiate the best possible terms. If you are party to an employment contract and your employer has breached it, a lawyer could help you enforce the contract and collect damages you've suffered. However, it's important to act quickly.
At Console Mattiacci Law, LLC, we are proud to represent employees in contract matters, including negotiations and disputes. Call us today at 215-545-7676 to schedule an appointment.
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