Toronto Employment Lawyers Advising Employees on Employment Contracts
Your employment agreement or employment contract is one of the most important documents that you will need to pay attention to over the course of your working life. These contracts provide the foundation of a workplace relationship between an employer and employee (independent contractors generally have different agreements in place), set out expectations for both sides, and can be an effective tool for lessening potential risk and avoiding possible disputes. Every employment contract should be thoroughly reviewed by an employment lawyer before it is signed and finalized.
At Sultan Lawyers, our team of exceptional employment lawyers regularly assist non-unionized employees across all sectors and industries with their employment contracts. We have reviewed, drafted, and negotiated hundreds of agreements for both new hires just entering into a workplace relationship and current employees whose terms of employment may be changing. We know exactly what to look for in employment contracts, can proactively and strategically address any potential risks, and will ensure that the terms of the agreement are as employee-friendly as possible.
Important Terms in Employment Agreements
Employees must be careful when reviewing their employment agreements. While many contracts may seem straightforward, employers often try to include clauses that significantly limit employee rights. Such commonly included clauses are:
- Termination Clauses: employers will often include a termination clause that can significantly reduce the amount of notice an employee is entitled to upon termination, or which can otherwise seriously impact their termination package.
- Non-competition Clauses: this type of restrictive covenant seeks to prevent a departing employee from working for another company in the same line of work as their previous employer.
- Non-solicitation clauses: this type of restrictive covenant seeks to prevent a departing employee from maintaining contact with clients, suppliers, or others.
- Discretionary bonus or other compensation clauses: sometimes clauses that speak to bonuses, stock options, and other employee incentives are written in a way that may limit an employee’s access to such benefits.
All employment contracts should be thoroughly reviewed to ensure that an employee’s rights are not being unfairly or illegally limited, that the employee is getting a maximum advantage and that they are protected from risk as much as possible. An experienced employment lawyer can help.
Contact the Toronto Employment Lawyers at Sultan Lawyers for Guidance on Employment Contracts
The knowledgeable employment lawyers at Sultan Lawyers can review your employment contract, help you negotiate the most beneficial terms, highlight areas of potential risk, and ensure that you are protected. Before you finalize any agreements with your new or current employer, contact us online or at 416-214-5111 for a consultation.