Employment Contracts & Non-Compete Agreements
Jacksonville Lawyer for Employment Contracts
The terms and conditions of an initial employment contract set the stage
for the entire employment relationship. This agreement may be the only
opportunity for a professional or executive to negotiate certain provisions.
When considering the employment contracts and agreements, significant
attention must be given to negotiating the best compensation and benefit
package possible. The language of non-monetary provisions can be equally
important. For example, determining how and when the agreement terminates
and remedies for a breach of the agreement can be the difference between
a solid contract that provides long-term security and one that may be
less than sufficient.
Employment agreements are typically offered by the employer and therefore
are usually drafted with the intention of protecting the employer, not
the employee. As a result, the employee is left unrepresented and placed
at a distinct disadvantage. Larger businesses and companies will retain
attorneys in the drafting of the contract to ensure that the terms are
in the best interest of the employer. The
Jacksonville employment lawyer at the Law Office of Shands M. Wulbern, P.A. can take action to ensure
that your rights are protected prior to signing an employment agreement.
Non-compete agreements are also referred to as covenants not to compete.
Such agreements have become increasingly popular throughout numerous professions
and industries, particularly in medical, sales, and technology fields.
Non-compete agreements should not be taken lightly and should be reviewed
by an attorney.. Often, provisions within non-compete agreements attempt
to create unfair restraints on trade and are drafted in a manner that
is unreasonably broad in scope.
Non-compete agreements are also often accompanied by non-solicitation,
confidentiality, and trade secret agreements that may result in a disadvantage
to the employee. Accordingly, great care should be taken when entering
into an employment agreement whether as part of initial employment or
when presented as a requirement for continued employment. You should consider
retaining legal assistance if you are approached with a proposed non-compete
Speak with an Attorney About Your Employment Contract
Are you faced with an employment or non-compete agreement that has the
potential to jeopardize your career? Prior to signing, the agreement should
be closely scrutinized by a competent lawyer.. Many businesses will attempt
to enforce invalid provisions and unreasonably broad or vague agreements
through intimidation. In a similar manner, employees may have valid claims
against their employers due to a breach in terms of the employment agreement,
waiver, oppressiveness, absence of a legitimate business interest, or
The breach of an employment contract by the employer may warrant swift
and aggressive action to protect your career and financial interests.
As a result, it is imperative that you are aware of your legal rights
at all stages regarding such agreements from the initial execution to
the time of its termination or potential breach. If you are in need of
a thorough legal analysis of an offered employment agreement, threatened
enforcement, or breach of an employment agreement,
contact the firm