If you are someone who has recently been offered a job, you are most likely very excited. However, oftentimes, once an individual is offered a job, he or she is issued an employment agreement. Oftentimes, these agreements are fair, and are simply asking you to sign off on reasonable terms of employment before beginning the next chapter of your life. However, that being said, oftentimes, these terms are actually vague, unfair, and full of strange clauses that may have yourself asking whether your employer truly has your best interests at heart.
If you find yourself in this situation, you are most likely wondering whether you should simply sign the agreement and begin your new job. Unfortunately, this may hurt you in the long run, which is why it is in your best interests to continue reading and speak with an experineced Georgia employment law attorney who can read the agreement, ensure it is fair, and if it isn’t, your attorney can help you renegotiate the agreement with your employer to ensure your best interests are protected. Here are some of the questions you may have about employment agreements in Georgia and how our firm can help you through the process ahead:
What is employment-at-will?
Georgia is an employment-at-will state, also known as a “right to work” state. If you are an employee in Georgia, you may stay, or leave your employment for a specific reason, or no reason at all. However, you are also allowed to be terminated for no reason at all. This is why you must read all stipulations in your initial employment agreement to see if your prospective employer has included any information about this.
What are some conditions included in employment agreements?
There are various clauses often included in employment agreements, and sometimes, they can be worded in confusing or vague ways, leaving employees wondering where they truly stand. Some of the most common issues and clauses addressed in employment agreements are as follows:
- Whether your employer has a non-compete clause.
- Confidentiality clauses about important issues such as trade secrets
- Dispute resolution information
- The rules and policies that the company observes.
- Whether you are entitled to any benefits or compensation.
- Your responsibilities as an employee, as well as your employer’s responsibilities to you.
- Whether you are entitled to paid time off.
- How long you will be employed.
- On what terms you shall be employed with the company.
If you have any additional questions, give our experienced Georgia employment law attorney a call today. Our firm is here to help.
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