Although Illinois is an at-will employment state, contracts are a crucial component of the employer-employee relationship. An employment contract can set forth the rights of both parties, outline an employee’s pay and benefits, and state the terms and conditions of employment. These documents can have significant legal implications and it’s essential to ensure that they are well-drafted, skillfully negotiated, and carefully reviewed. From negotiating severance agreements to drafting employment contracts and confidentiality agreements, it’s important to have a business contract attorney with the knowledge and skill necessary to ensure your interests are protected.
An employment contract is a document signed by an employer and employee that helps to ensure both parties fully understand their obligations. This type of contract will typically include terms regarding an employee’s job title, compensation, benefits, time off, causes for termination, disciplinary procedures, and company policies. Critically, employment contracts should be specifically tailored to the job and the workplace setting.
There are a variety of employment contracts a business may use, including the following:
Employment contracts can be complex documents — whether you are the employer or employee, it’s essential to be aware that every type of employment contract comes with significant legal implications. An employment contract attorney can help ensure you fully understand the terms, conditions, and ramifications before entering into any agreement.
Once an employment agreement is in place, both parties must abide by the terms. Even though Illinois is an at-will employment state, if a contract sets forth certain conditions (such as compensation or a specific length of employment), an employee may be entitled to recover their damages in the event the terms were breached by the employer. In addition to conflicts concerning termination, employment contract disputes can arise for a variety of other reasons. For example, if an employee fails to adhere to the terms of a non-compete or non-solicitation agreement, an employer may be able to hold them legally liable for the damages they suffered as a result.
Whether an employer deviated from the terms of the contract or an employee wrongfully disclosed trade secrets in violation of a non-disclosure agreement, it’s vital to have an attorney who can skillfully assess your case to determine the best course of action. In some cases, a form of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation or arbitration can be used to resolve your matter without the time and expense of litigation. However, if an agreement cannot be reached, litigation may be the only option to resolve the dispute.
If you require assistance with an employment contract matter, it’s critical to have an experienced business attorney on your side who can advise you regarding your rights and protect your financial interests. Located in Rolling Meadows, Litico Law Group assists clients with a broad scope of business law matters in Illinois. We welcome you to schedule a consultation, contact us online, or give us a call at 847-307-5942 to learn how we can assist you.