Employment Contract Lawyer advocating for the rights of employees throughout Miami-Dade county
Before agreeing to the terms of your new job offer, consult with an employment contract lawyer to ensure you have all the facts. By hiring your own attorney, you can be confident that you are agreeing to a contract that is truly mutually beneficial.
Under Florida law, the employment relationship is typically guided by the at-will employment doctrine. This means that an employee can be terminated at any time for any reason – so long as the reason isn’t unlawful. This is a very vulnerable position for an employee to be in.
However, the parties are free to agree to their own terms and conditions in writing. This is usually done in the form of an employment contract. These types of agreements usually set out important details such as your employer’s obligations to you:
- Salary and benefits/perks
- Health and/or life insurance
- 401(k) plan or other retirement planning benefits
- Paid time off (PTO), sick days, and vacation days
An employment contract will also include provisions for each party’s ability to cancel the contract, including a required notice period. Employment contracts will also outline your job function and your employer’s expectations of you.
Transitioning into a new role is an exciting and pivotal milestone in your professional life. By consulting with an experienced employment contract lawyer, you can ensure you have all the information you need to make the best decision for your future.
Employment contracts – what could go wrong?
In Florida, it’s common for many employees to work without having a written contract in place. Even with a signed employment contract, there are many possibilities for unpleasant or undesired outcomes in the workplace.
If your new employer didn’t consult with an employment agreement lawyer while drafting your contract, there are likely to be errors. Here are a few ways that poorly drafted employment contracts can be disadvantageous to workers:
- Employer reusing old templates from previous employees without properly updating the terms
- Using invalid terms that will not hold up in court
- Failing to include your non-salary benefits in the contract
- Unreasonable or unfair limitations on post-employment solicitation or competition
- Unreasonable or unfair confidentiality restrictions
- Failing to specify whether you are an employee or independent contractor
- No provisions for a severance package
Even if your employer hired an employment contract lawyer, there’s no guarantee that the terms of the contract are 100% favorable to you. Such agreements are often deliberately riddled with legalese and confusing language. Your employment lawyer will perform a thorough review and explain any unclear terms and conditions.
What does an employment contract lawyer do?
At BT Law Group, we are passionate about workers’ rights. Our team of dedicated and experienced employment attorneys is ready to support you as you take the next step in your career. Here’s what an employment contract lawyer can do for you:
- Advise you on limitations, risks and red flags
- Ensure your contract complies with state and federal employment laws
- Review the contract for fairness and completeness
- Negotiate on your behalf for an improved compensation package
- Identify unreasonable or unfair non-solicitation and non-compete clauses
- Advise you in negotiations for equity and partnership
- Provide guidance on pre-employment background checking and drug testing
Consult with an employment contract lawyer
If you are negotiating the terms of a new job, or even a new role within your existing workplace, you need an employment contract lawyer on your side. At BT Law, our top priority is ensuring that you are treated fairly in the workplace. We work on your behalf to negotiate the best possible employment contract terms. Before putting pen to paper, consult with a trusted employment attorney to ensure you have all the facts.