Top 10 Employment Contract Articles

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Top 10 Employment Contract Articles

Ever since the Industrial Revolution, most people work for some form of employer—not just for themselves. Even people in the Amish community regularly hire employees or work for companies. As a result, employment contracts are an essential part of the economy in the United States.

The term "employment contract" is a deceptively simple umbrella concept for a complex web of interconnected legal issues. An employment contract can deal with any number of important legal topics, such as covenants not to compete, wage agreements, and work product ownership arrangements. The following articles cover all of the basics and provide useful information for employees at all levels.

1. Wrongful or Tortious Interference with Contracts

Companies can act like petty humans when a competitor shows a clear advantage. Occasionally, a company is so jealous of a rival that it will try to convince other companies to break contracts with the competitor. If you suspect that a business rival is attempting to interfere with your contracts, you should read this article to learn what you can do to remedy the situation.

2. On-Call Employment Wage Law

Many employees, including doctors and fireman, work on-call. This arrangement is subject to different laws than regular 9 to 5 jobs. This article contains important information for all employees who work an on-call schedule.

3. Breaching an Employment Contract

Not every employment arrangement ends with the employee’s happy retirement from the company after many positive years of employment. Some employment arrangements may end as horrible as a bitter divorce. This article explains what may happen if you choose to sue someone for breaching an employment contract.

4. Types of Damages Available for Breach of Contract

When people sue over the breach of a contract, their main focus is on what they can get to make up for being injured by the breach. After all, there is no point in suing someone unless you can get something out of it. You should read this article to learn more about the different kinds of damages you can ask for when suing someone for breaching a contract.

5. Contract Drafting and Review

You should not enter into a contract without actually knowing what the terms of the contract are, as South Park warned people in an episode about Apple’s user agreement and the "HumancentiPad." There are a number of different kinds of contracts out there, with varying degrees of opportunity to alter the terms to best suit your needs. This article goes through these different kinds of contracts and what you should be looking out for with each one.

6. Employment Contract Law

Unless you work for the mafia or for a drug cartel, it is advisable to get the terms of your employment in writing as part of a signed employment contract. Employers regularly include a number of other clauses in employment contracts alongside the details of the actual employment in order to protect the company’s various economic interests, such as confidentiality and severance terms.

7. Breach of Contract and Courts of Law

It would be great if everyone did exactly what they promised to do when they promised to do it, but the real world does not work that way. If the other party breaches a legally-binding contract, your first inclination will likely be to sue them as soon as possible so that you do not feel the ill effects of the breach for long. Deciding where to sue a party for breach of contract is usually the first important step that you must make, and this article lists all of the factors that you should consider before settling on which court you want to file your lawsuit in.

8. Illegal Contract Lawyers

There are several things that you cannot legally enter into a contract for, such as hiring an assassin to kill your husband’s mistress or buying two kilograms of meth. If the subject matter of the contract that you have entered into is illegal or goes against public policy, then chances are the contract itself is also illegal. If you think that you may have entered into an illegal contract, you should read this article to learn about the basic legal ramifications involved.

9. Work Product Disputes

Many people create new things in the course of their employment that are actually useful to the company that they work for, unlike the foot-long paperclip chains that employees regularly make at their desks when they are bored. Sometimes it is unclear as to who actually owns the rights to the product made by the employee while on the job and who can exert what kind of control over the product and its usage. This article provides an overview on this issue.

10. Option Contract Lawyers

Not everyone wants to commit to something that they know they may not want to be stuck with later on, whether it is buying a new car or continuing to work for a company. One way to make sure that you are not left with buyer’s remorse after entering into an agreement that has forced you into an undesirable situation is by entering into an option contract first, which gives you the option of making the temporary situation permanent. To learn about the finer points of an option contract, you should consult this article.

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Last Modified: 10-23-2013 04:16 PM PDT

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