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Non-compete vs. exclusive employment clauses

Employment contracts are a complicated matter and should receive very specific attention before you sign one, regardless of the employer. Often, when a person receives a job offer from a particularly desirable employer, he or she may want to accept a job before fully understanding the contract in from of him or her. Two elements of employment contracts that can lead to litigation later on if not properly understood are non-compete and exclusive employment clauses.

Non-disclosure agreements are negotiable, too

Non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) have become commonplace in the business world, but, just like any contract, you should always know exactly what you're signing and why. Many employers may seek to have you sign an unnecessarily strict NDA that goes well beyond protecting their own interests into hampering your career options after you part ways. With some professional legal guidance, you can evaluate and negotiate an NDA before you sign on the dotted line.

Appeals court ruling strengthens non-solicitation agreements

One common concern for many employers is finding functional ways to compel their employees to abide by non-compete agreements, which can be very difficult to enforce. To this end, many employers choose to employ more specific non-solicitation agreements, which specifically seek to keep an employee from bailing on the company and taking clients with them. However, even these more specific agreements have their weaknesses, which many employees or potential employees may seek to circumvent.

Beware of a severance agreement you don't understand

Have you ever known someone who will sign his or her name to a dotted line when asked to do so, without actually reading the document? Many people in Arizona and across the nation have wound up facing terrible legal complications after adding their signatures to documents they didn't fully understand. A lawfully signed contract becomes enforceable by law; therefore, it is crucial to have a full understanding of all obligations and restrictions contained therein to avoid negative surprises later.

Non-compete agreements that may be invalid

Depending on the industry where you work and the nature of your job, you may be required to sign a non-compete agreement. Such agreements are a common part of many industries, so much so that you may sign one without truly scrutinizing its contents. However, just because you are presented with a non-compete or have even signed one, doesn't mean that it will absolutely hold up in court. Often, an employee will agree to a non-compete agreement out of a desire to stick the landing on a job, but it may present unfair terms that unreasonably limits opportunities for additional employment.

Make the most of your severance package

There are a number of scenarios where you might find yourself offered a severance package in the course of employment. It is important to acknowledge that being offered a severance package is almost always better than not being offered one at all, but that does not mean that you shouldn't scrutinize the offer and consult with experienced legal counsel before you accept it.

Overview of employee contracts

As an employee, even in an at-will employment scenario, you may be required to sign an employment contract. Each employment contract has the potential to be different, so if you have a contract, it is vital for you to have a working knowledge of your contract, what it requires of you, how it protects you and how it protects your employer. Furthermore, in some cases, you may have what is considered an "implied contract," that can be enforced through a court, depending on your particular circumstances.

Proposition 206 and its effects on Arizona workers

On December 8 of this year, 1,465,639 Arizona voters voted yes and the state of Arizona passed Proposition 206. Also known as the Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative, the proposition seeks to increase the minimum wage for all employees and to secure the right to paid time off needed due to sickness.

Many Arizona workers will soon receive an increase in pay

On December 8 of this year, 1,465,639 Arizona voters voted yes and the state of Arizona passed Proposition 206. Also known as the Minimum Wage and Paid Time Off Initiative, the proposition seeks to increase the minimum wage for all employees and to secure the right to paid time off needed due to sickness.