An employment agreement is a legally binding contract between an employer and an employee. In its most basic form, the contract should cover the conditions and terms of employment. When well-planned and drafted, employment contracts should also offer value to employees and employers alike.
Drafting such a contract seems like a simple matter to many Fort Lauderdale business owners. However, if you are not careful, your employment contracts might contain traps that lead to contract disputes and litigation.
Addressing potential traps in your employment contracts
Many business contracts contain complicated language. It is wise to leave these complications out of all your business contracts, including employment agreements. Instead, focus on simple language and easy-to-understand terms. You may also wish to remove the potential traps below from your employment contracts.
Failing to account for regulations. Make sure your employment contracts do not violate state or federal regulations. They must also never infringe on the rights of your workers.
Including terms contrary to your goals. Your contract binds your workers and yourself to its included terms. One of the most common pitfalls in employment agreements is using terms or conditions that work against your goals and practices.
Failing to update your contracts. Employment laws often undergo revisions or are struck down by lawmakers. Regularly reviewing your employment contracts ensures that you remain compliant with these laws while avoiding potential contract disputes.
The next time you need to enter into an employment agreement, take a moment to review your contract. If it seems too complicated or fails to protect your business, it might be time to increase your knowledge of Florida contract law.