Part of being a member of the workforce is dealing with employment agreements. Whether you’re starting a job or leaving a job, oftentimes, you will be asked to sign certain agreements. In most cases, when starting a job, employment agreements are earnest, straightforward, and serve an honest purpose. However, you should also understand that at times, these agreements do not serve your best interests, and may even do just the opposite. This is why it is very important that you read all of the fine print before signing such an agreement and that you retain the services of an experienced Atlanta employment law attorney who is familiar with the various stipulations, clauses, and other elements that commonly appear in these agreements. Here are some of the questions you may have about employment agreements in Georgia:
What is an employment-at-will state and how may it affect me?
Employees who live in Georgia should be aware that Georgia is an employment-at-will state, which essentially means that though employees can work at, or quit, and job for which they are hired for any reason (or none at all) the same rule applies to employers, meaning that employers, in most cases, can fire employees for no reason at all as well. That being said, if you were fired and you believe that you were wrongfully terminated on the grounds of race, sex, or another protected trait, you may have a case against your employer.
What are some common terms in employment agreements?
There are various types of employment agreements, and the terms addressed in your employment agreement are legally binding, which is why it is so critical that you ensure you understand what your agreement means before signing it. There are a wide array of issues that your employment agreement may address, some of which are as follows:
- Whether you are allowed to receive paid time off
- Company policies and rules that you are required to follow, at risk of termination
- Non-compete clauses
- Confidentiality clauses
- Your overall responsibilities towards your company and employer
- Terms of potential benefits
- The duration of your employment
If you have any additional questions, or you require the services of an experienced Atlanta employment law attorney, give our firm a call today. We are here to help.
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