NEW JERSEY EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS LAWYER
Employment Contracts Lawyer in NJ
Many scenarios exist in which it is beneficial to hire an employment contracts lawyer. Maybe you and your employer are negotiating about something. Or maybe you’ve been offered a new position, and you’d like to have a lawyer look over your contract with you. Regardless of the situation, having a lawyer present to guide you through any process is helpful. While many employers do not participate in negotiations, an employment contracts lawyer can help you determine a number of different things about your job or potential job. If you have questions or concerns, we invite you to call Schall & Barasch today.
At Schall & Barasch, we pride ourselves on being leaders in the field of New Jersey employment law. We don’t just handle executive agreements. In fact, we handle a wide array of employment agreements and contracts. No matter what roadblock or issue you have while dealing with an employer, we’re here for you. If you’d like to speak with a dedicated New Jersey employment contracts lawyer, please call us today at 856-914-9200. To schedule your initial consultation with us, you can also fill out our intake form with a few details about your case. We look forward to working with you.
What Is an Employment Contract?
At first, it may seem self-explanatory. However, many people simply don’t know what exactly an employment contract is. Sometimes, people have an idea, but they don’t understand the specifics of these contracts. This often presents issues or discrepancies between what the employee expects and what the employer expects. These contracts are basically signed agreements between you and your employer. They establish the responsibilities and rights of both you and the company. Sometimes, they are great options for ensuring that you remain protected at your workplace. In other cases, employers use them as a way to take advantage of their employees. To better understand your own contract, work with a New Jersey employee contracts lawyer.
What Should I Look for in an Employment Contract?
A few common types of contracts exist in the workplace. Throughout your working life, you may encounter more than one type, especially if you work in more than one industry. Below, we outline three common types of employment contracts, and how they are unique.
Written Employment Contracts
These tend to clearly define the roles and responsibilities, as well as benefits, to the employees about the job. In many cases, they prevent confusion. However, we still recommend that you carefully read through your contract with an employment contracts lawyer before you sign. It is important to know that you are comfortable with the entire document, and that you can actually deliver what you agree to deliver. Breaking the contract, even accidentally, might result in legal consequences.
Implied Employment Contracts
Implied contracts sometimes get tricky. Rather than having a written contract to refer back to, implied contracts sometimes come from written or oral statements or promises made by the employer during the interview process or during the course of your employment. They may also come from an employee handbook or training manual that sets out certain policies or practices the employer promises to follow.
Union Labor Agreements
Labor union members often receive coverage under group employment contracts, which are referred to as collective bargaining agreements. These group contracts usually outline information about wages, benefits, scheduling, when you can be disciplined or terminated, and other work-related matters. They also tend to outline the process for addressing concerns if one or more employees believe their rights have been violated. If a labor agreement is violated, it is only your union that can act to remedy the violation.
What Information Is Included in an Employment Contract?
Important information about your employment resides within these (sometimes complex) contracts. Additionally, there are several different types of employment contracts. In this section, we discuss the notable pieces of information that employers usually include in their contracts. Before signing your contract, always look for this important information with your lawyer, and ensure that you fully understand the terms. Below, we include the information commonly found in employment contracts.
- Information about salary, commission, or wages
- Your work schedule, including the hours and days your employer expects you to work
- The duration of your employment. This includes minimum durations in some cases, often with the option or possibility of extension. In other cases, the time period might be ongoing.
- Under what circumstances your employer or you can terminate the contract
- Your job responsibilities
- Confidentiality agreements, including non-disclosure agreements
- Ownership of communications, including social media posts, website updates, or emails
- Benefits provided by your employer, including health insurance, 401K, vacation time, and any other included perks
- Noncompete agreements or clauses, which restrict your future employment
Can You Be Employed without an Employment Contract?
Yes. However, employment contracts have notable pros and cons. Below, we outline these elements. Whether or not you like a certain employment contract will usually depend on the details of that particular contract.
- Written contracts include clearly-defined duties, benefits, and responsibilities. They also outline pay, and leave very little room for speculation.
- Both the employer and employee receive certain protections.
- These contracts can also offer a degree of stability for the future.
- In some cases, these contracts limit an employee’s flexibility. Especially if they require minimum time worked at a company, the employee can’t leave if they dislike the job.
- Consequences exist for a breach of contract, even if it was accidental.
- For any changes to be made, both sides must agree to the changes.
- They may contain non-compete provisions that can hurt your ability to find a new job.
What Happens if the Employer Violates an Employment Contract?
When this happens, your employment contracts lawyer steps in. This is what we call a “breach of contract” case. Basically, your employer failed to live up to one or more terms of their legally-binding contract with you. In many cases, employees suffer wrongful termination under their contract. When this happens, you deserve compensation for your damages. But what exactly can you seek in terms of damages? Below, we outline the typical damages in a breach of contract case.
- Expectation Damages: This includes compensation for what an employee expected to get out of a contract. One example is an expected end-of-the-year bonus. Maybe you expected a $6,000 bonus, but only received $2,000. Your employer owes you $4,000 in this case.
- Liquidated Damages: Some contracts outline a mandatory payment in the case of a breach of contract. These serve to compensate for a breach of contract that might be hard to monetarily calculate.
- Compensatory or Punitive Damages: While these damages are not available to you in a breach of contract case, they are available in cases of sexual harassment or employment discrimination.
- Attorney Fees: In a few cases, contracts outline that your employer must pay the cost of your attorney fees should they breach your contract. Alternatively, they may provide that you are liable for your employer’s attorneys’ fees if you breach the contract.
Do I Need an Employment Contracts Lawyer?
Absolutely. Cases involving employment law and contractual agreements can become complicated fast. That’s why you need an employment contracts lawyer. At Schall & Barasch, we focus on your case and engage in detailed research. After deeply analyzing the facts, we build your case and fight on your behalf. If you feel that your employer committed a wrongful breach of contract, or if you wish to review your employment contract, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
Contact New Jersey Employment Contracts Attorneys Schall & Barasch Today
If you have questions or concerns about your employment contract, please reach out to the employee rights advocates at Schall & Barasch as soon as possible. To request a consultation with one of our attorneys, click on the link “Submit Your Case” below and complete the Questionnaire. Or give us a call at (856) 914-9200.
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