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A checklist for what your employment contract should include

It is rare for a Miami employee to hire an attorney to review his or her employment contract before signing onto a new job. This level of attorney review is usually only requested by high-level employees who stand to earn a high salary. Or, it is performed after the fact by an employee who was wronged.

That said, arming yourself with a little bit of legal knowledge and familiarizing yourself with the "norm" as it applies to employment contracts and what they normally include can go a long way for an employee who is struggling to determine whether his or her employment contract has been appropriately drafted. Let's take a look at what an employment contract should include:

-- A specific term of employment. How long will the employment period last, and/or will it be indefinite?

-- The responsibilities of the employee.

-- Health, disability, life insurance and/or retirement account benefits.

-- Sick day and vacation day policies.

-- Grounds under which termination could occur.

-- A non-competition clause.

-- A non-disclosure agreement relating to trade secrets.

-- An intellectual property agreements relating to trade secrets, patents and material created by the employee under his or her employment.

-- A clause about how employment disputes will be resolved.

The above topics will, in most cases, be covered in the terms of a standard employment agreement for Miami employees. However, the evaluation of what each clause contains may require the experienced eyes of a trained employment law attorney. Prospective employees in Florida who do not fully understand their employment contracts may therefore want the services of an employment law lawyer who can help them interpret their rights under a specific contract.

Source: FindLaw, "Pros and Cons of Written Employee Contracts," accessed Jan. 10, 2017

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