Employee Contract Matters

One of the most important, yet often overlooked details at the start of a new job is the employment contract. These agreements are particularly prevalent in the tech industry, and at large corporations like Amazon or Microsoft, and for executive-level positions. Independent contractors who perform services for employers are also typically asked to sign contracts about their work. I help clients understand and negotiate employment contracts in all areas of work.

New employees often sign employment contracts at the start of employment and typically describe the employee’s salary, bonus structure, benefits such as healthcare, vacation time, or stock options, whether the position is at-will, the employee’s job title and responsibilities to the company, and grounds for termination. Contracts may also describe an employee’s responsibilities to protect trade secrets, intellectual property rights, or non-compete restrictions. If you have signed or been asked to sign an employment contract, you may have rights or restrictions at the end of your employment and beyond. It is important to understand the terms of your contract, especially when it restricts your future employment.

I am available to advise and/or represent employees in a wide range of contractual and negotiated matters, including;

  • Non-compete agreements
  • Separation and severance agreements
  • Non-disclosure agreements
  • Workplace disability accommodations
  • Other matters concerning the relationship between and employee and the employee’s employer. 

If you have questions or concerns about your employment contract, call my office at 206-324-8969 to schedule a contract negotiation or review appointment with me.

Proactive Advice to Employers

I am committed to stopping wrongful workplace employment practices, including discrimination, harassment, unlawful termination, and other matters.  Toward this end, I am available to provide employers with proactive employment advice concerning employment law compliance and action that can be undertaken to minimize illegal and wrongful employment practices from occurring.