The offer of a new job is often exciting -- but you can't afford to let yourself get swept up in the moment. It's important to take a step back and examine the contract you're being offered with a critical eye.
Employee contracts aren't the norm in many professions -- and you may not have given them much thought if your company is still very young. However, as your business grows, it's often wise to start using them.
The days where an employee could expect to work for the same company his or her entire life are long gone. Unfortunately, companies change hands or go out of business. Layoffs happen. Downsizing and restructuring can also shuffle people out the door unwillingly.
Employment contracts sometimes get a bad rap, probably because people hear the most about the occasional contracts that have become traps for unwary signers. They don't hear as much about all the contracts that actually benefit their signers.
To contract or not to contract? For some, it isn't even a question. Many small business owners never even consider contracts for their employees. The average pizza shop, for example, probably doesn't have its delivery drivers sign a contract.
Are you about to lose your job, either through a layoff or some other reason?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can frustrate employers at times because it can be annoyingly vague.
Florida can be a little bit rough on non-compete clauses in contracts. The courts generally view them through a skeptical eye unless they are necessary to protect the interests of a business.
A handshake deal or a promise no longer cuts it when it comes to protecting your business from misunderstandings and legal conflicts. For that, you need contracts.