Should I have an attorney review my employment contract?

WH Law frequently reviews employment contracts for managers, doctors, and other professionals to ensure the contract is clear and to ensure that the contract actually provides protections.

WH Law also drafts contracts for high-level employees and for small employers looking to provide contracts to their employees.

In doing so, we draw on our experience litigating employment law cases. In litigating numerous employment cases over the years, we have learned how the language actually plays out before the court and arbitration systems. While some individuals focus on drafting contracts, they might not have seen what happens with their language when litigation occurs. Our unique experience allows our firm to provide practical and real-world counsel to our employment contract clients.

Most Arkansans work their entire lives without an employment contract. But for those employees that have the opportunity to have an employment contract governing the work relationship, the language in the contract is crucially important. Even one word in an employment contract can make the entire contract worthless for the employee.

In other words, just because you have an employment contract doesn’t mean you have security.
An initial contract review usually takes a few hours. Consultations can be held in person or over the telephone. We will review your contract, provide a summary of its meaning, and identify any problem language that may exist. We can also negotiate with your employer regarding a contract to try and create a final document that protects your interests. If you are starting from scratch, we can draft an employment contract for you to present to your employer.

To schedule an employment contract review, text or call.

What is in an Employment Contract?

Employees that have entered into an employment contract with their employer are typically provided with several legal rights determined by the contract at issue. These rights range from compensation amount and structure to limits on the timing and grounds for a termination. Disputes or questions often arise over contractual language and the meaning of specific terms in the contract. Given the stakes involved with the meaning of even one sentence or word in a contract, contract disputes can quickly lead to litigation.

Who is protected by an Employment Contract?

Employees that typically have employment contracts include doctors, corporate executives, and highly skilled professionals. These types of professions typically enter into a contract of employment at the beginning of employment which provides a term and compensation structure. Employment contracts often also include non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and non-disclosure agreements.
However, in Arkansas, most employees do not have employee contracts and are subject to employment at will, which means that an employer may change or terminate employment for almost any reason at any time. While many employees receive offer letters and sign a number of agreements when they begin a new job or career, these agreements usually do not provide them with contractual rights that take them outside employment at will.

Some agreements or promises by an employer, even if they do not change the employment at will environment, may provide contractual rights to certain benefits.