Legal Considerations for the Job Seeker to mull over before signing on the dotted line...

Before Signing an Employment Contract, please consider the following

Most employers require employees to sign employment contracts. These contracts may contain the terms of your employment as well as other agreements that govern what you may and may not do, when your employment terminates. For example:

  • a. Non-compete provisions (otherwise known as a “restraint of trade”) that restrict former employees from working for competitors or within a specified geographic area for some amount of time after leaving the job. (For example: Your employment contract may state that you cannot work for a company that does the same type of work within a certain geographical area for one year after leaving your employment.)
  • b. Non-disclosure provisions which is to ensure that employees do not take protected information from the employer and disclose it to others. (For example: You cannot take or use your employer’s client lists except in the course of your employment, or give them to others.)
  • c. Agreements that all work of the employee becomes the property of the employer. (For example: Any patents issued for devices or processes you invent or design at any time during your employment will be the property of your employer, and not yours. You will therefore be prohibited from using this information again.)

It is very important that before you sign an employment agreement, you read it carefully and ask any questions you may have. If you have concerns about what they are asking you to sign, think seriously about seeking legal advice.

Always read and check your employment contract very carefully before signing on the dotted line...