There are many different types of contracts associated with employment. Employees have the right to have the contracts reviewed by their own attorney. This is an important right to exercise – because an employer is the other party to the contract, their legal interests do not align with the employees. Employees cannot expect to get unbiased legal advice from the company’s legal or HR departments. The contract review lawyers in San Francisco at Minnis & Smallets are here to help protect all employees’ contractual rights.
A written offer of employment can be binding on an employer. This means that the prospective employee has certain contractual rights if the offer is withdrawn without good cause. Employment contracts are also enforceable against an employer. Because a contract is more detailed than an offer letter, there are more rights to be enforced.
Employment contracts clearly state the terms and conditions of employment. If the employer fails to honor any specific provisions, the employee may sue the employer for breach of contract. Often, however, an employer will work with an employee’s attorney to settle the dispute outside of court.
Many employment contracts are renewed with simple boilerplate forms on an annual basis. These forms do not protect your rights, and they do not account for any changes in circumstance that could affect your contractual rights and obligations. Consult with an employment lawyer before your existing contract expires about any changes that need to be negotiated in a contract renewal.
Many employees receive benefits that form a substantial part of their overall compensation package. It is important to protect these benefits just as much as you protect your pay. If you receive health insurance, life insurance, stock options, or other forms of compensation, it is important to be sure that these entitlements are clearly agreed to in a written contract. If they are not, your employer could attempt to take them away without notice.
There are many ways to end employment. Many employers offer severance packages to employees who are either fired or let go in downsizing efforts. In other cases, a company may offer to buy out an employee’s stock, voting rights, or other interests in the company. These are contracts that affect your legal rights. It is important to let your own lawyer review these offers and advise you about whether you should accept them. Your attorney may also negotiate a better deal, depending on what is fair in your unique circumstances.
You could spend hours online searching for “contract review lawyers in San Francisco,” but you have already found the employment law firm you need in the Bay Area. Minnis & Smallets is a California employment law firm that protects workers’ rights. We review, negotiate and enforce employment contracts to protect workers’ rights. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with an experienced San Francisco contract review lawyer.
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