Monday, November 20

5 Legal Guidelines Before You Sign That Job Contract

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Starting a new job? It’s an exciting time, but before you go signing a contract, it’s best to get the help of an employment lawyer. Sometimes, you can completely forget about this and end up signing something that’s way over your head. It happens. Sometimes, the language in contracts can be confusing. The best thing to do is to hire an expert who can advise you on such matters, so here are some reasons why it’s wise to do this.

1. Importance Of Negotiation Before Commencing Work

All contracts must be negotiated thoroughly and signed before an employee starts work for it to be binding. Supposing an employee brings a modified or new contract after work commences, there are things to be considered when deciding if it’s binding. For an employee, the most important thing is to make sure that whatever is important to him or her has to be added to the contract before signing it.

2. Fundamental Provisions

Employees should know and understand the basic guidelines of their contract. These include the working hours and what days are not working days. For employees, it’s best to fully comprehend what they are bound to.

3. Probation Period

At the beginning of the contract, an employer may set out a probation period. If so, the employee may not be eligible for any kind of benefits for the duration of the probation period. In fact, the employee’s rights during this time may also be somewhat different. However, sometimes, the probation period cannot be legally executed. An employee must understand if the probation period will be enforced or not and what the consequences are.

4. Intellectual Property

Sometimes, an intellectual property clause may be part of the agreement. This can potentially be an issue. If an employee created a product or software, it could mean that it now belongs to the employer, even if the employee thought of and created it from scratch. This could open legal issues as to who it belongs to, the employer or the employee.

5. Pensions & Benefits

This is a complex issue and the way it’s laid out in terms of the language can be confusing. An employee should know what their rights are and what they’re entitled to and when specifically they are entitled to it. An employee should consider what it is that’s important to them, and with the help of a lawyer, get the confirmation that it’s covered in their contract.

The best and simplest thing to do to get some peace of mind is to receive help from an employment lawyer, who will be fully aware of all the ins and outs of employment contractual matters. An employee will know where they stand and it helps to avoid confusion. With a lawyer’s help, an employee will know that their best interests are protected when signing a contract.

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Louisa Miller

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3 Comments

  1. Surprised you didn’t mention about the money. I always read my salary in the employment contract very carefully to make sure they aren’t pulling a fast one on me.

    • Louisa Miller
      Louisa Miller says

      Haha, that’s a valid point! Personally, I think you should have communicated the salary expectations and reached an agreement with your employer before the contract was even drafted. I think most employers would be pretty honest and won’t pull any funny business with the salary stated in the contract afterwards.

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