You just got hired for a new job and your employer wants you to sign a contract. But not so fast. Before you sign your life away, make sure you know what to look for. Do not get so caught up in your new position that you overlook important elements.
You want to ensure that the contract is in your best interests. Your employer may only be looking out for themselves, which can cause a lot of problems down the road. No matter how eager you are to get started with your new job, you need to read that contract thoroughly. Here is what you need to know.
Non-compete clauses are becoming more common. These clauses are limiting, serving only the employer. They can prevent you from working for a competitor for years after you leave your job. You may even be barred from working in your field for a long time. This can limit your income, so try to have the clause removed. If you cannot, you should at least try to shorten the clause and narrow it down as much as possible, so it is not as limiting.
Do not skim over this part of the agreement—it is more important than you think. Employers are known for bait and switch tactics, so make sure the job title and description matches what you applied for. This may not seem like a big deal, but if the job description is incorrect, you could be expected to complete tasks to which you did not agree.
It is also common for employers to lie about salary. They may promise you one thing in an interview and reduce the salary in the contract, so make sure that you are not getting lowballed. The pay should match what you were promised. The contract should also include information about pay periods and any details about commissions, bonuses, and other forms of payment you will receive.
You will want to know about regular working hours as well as vacation time. How many days of vacation and sick time do you have? What is the expected work schedule? Are evenings and weekends required? The contract should also include any holidays you have off, as well as guidelines regarding overtime.
Of course, you will want to know the terms of your employment. Some jobs are permanent, while others are temporary, so make sure the terms are clearly stated. If you are a temporary employee, the contract should include any opportunities to go beyond the fixed date.
Getting a new job can be exciting, but make sure you read that contract thoroughly. Know what to look for so you do not make mistakes and have regrets down the line.
The Ohio employment lawyers at Marshall Forman & Schlein can review your contract and ensure you understand your legal rights. Schedule a consultation to learn more. Fill out the online form or call (614) 463-9790.
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