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Contractual Disputes

Florida Employment Contracts

In certain situations, an employment contract can be an exception to Florida’s “at-will” employment rule. With an employment contract, the employee is bound to certain standards, such as completing projects during a specified time frame. Many employment contracts also protect the employee by laying out specifics for termination so that the employee cannot be fired unless he or she violate these stipulations of the contract.

Understanding Your Employment Contract

While some contracts have terms of termination, other contracts may not have stipulations regarding termination, and may underline the “at-will” aspect of the employee’s position, meaning that the employer can fire the employee at any time for any reason, aside from reasons of discrimination. Florida is an at-will state, and unless otherwise stated in a contract, an employer can terminate an employee for any reason whenever they so choose.

Even worse, your employment contract may misclassify you as an independent contractor. Your employer does this solely for the benefit of itself and reaps financial benefits while sticking you with the tax bill. In many cases, regardless of what you’ve signed,  you should be considered an employee of the company, and entitled to such benefits as  workers’ compensation, health insurance, tax contributions, unemployment, and other benefits

It is important to understand the employment contract that you are being asked to sign, and to talk to an attorney before you do so. While you may be  eager to begin your new job and do not want to give your potential new employer any reason to not hire you, signing an unfair or unlawful contract could have serious ramifications for you in the future.

The Basics of a Florida Employment Contract

Employment contracts are written specifically for each individual employee, so even if a future co-worker has happily signed a contract, that does not mean that your contract is right for you. Employment contracts typically have some or all of the following information:

  • Duration of the job;
  • Reasons for termination;
  • Whether the job is at-will;
  • The employee’s responsibilities;
  • Benefits, such as sick days, health care, vacation, 401K savings, and more;
  • Trade secret protection or non-compete clauses upon leaving the job;
  • Preferred or required conflict resolutions methods between the employee and employer; and
  • The employee’s ownership of documents and other items after leaving the job.

Call a Florida Employment Attorney Today for Help

Whether you are being asked to sign an exploitive employment contract, have questions regarding a contract that you have just signed or are about to sign, have been discriminated against by your employer, or your employment contract has suffered a breach, you need to contact an attorney. Contact Employment Lawyer Patrick Elliott to answer any of your questions and to help resolve potential disputes in your favor. Call today.