Employment contracts take many different forms. All employees at a company may be asked to sign the same form contract, or each employee may have a contract with the employer that is applicable just to his or her employment agreement. An employer and an employee may simply have an oral agreement regarding the kind of work the employee will do, for how long, and at what rate of pay. Sometimes there is no written or oral agreement but the behavior of the employer and the employee can be viewed as an implied employment contract.
Most employment contracts have common elements such as the employee’s start date, salary, and benefits. Other provisions that often appear in employment contracts are listed here. You can think about what kind of employment contract is agreeable to you before you sign your next employment agreement. Your attorney can advise you about the pros and cons of agreeing to the various provisions or suggest other terms to include.
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