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Did you sign an unreasonable non-compete agreement?

When you first landed an interview for a job in your chosen career field, you may have felt excited and apprehensive. You, and most other working-age individuals, understand that job searching can prove time consuming and difficult, especially when looking for a position in a specific industry. Because of your excitement and readiness to start a new job, you may have agreed to stipulations without giving them much thought.

Be cautious trading your signature for severance

Whether you have spent decades at your job or only a few months, receiving notice that management is terminating you can come as a blow. Few people have jobs they don't depend on to meet their basic needs - rent or mortgage, car payments, and daily expenses like gas and groceries. To be suddenly out of work can throw the most solid budget into a tailspin.

Considering severance package terms

When an employer makes you a severance offer, you may have a number of competing reactions. On one hand, many employees fear termination from an employer, especially if they face difficulty transitioning into another job. On the other hand, severance pay often feels like a windfall when it occurs, sometimes blinding an employee to unfair terms in the offer.

Are noncompetition agreements fair?

In many industries and job sectors, employees expect to receive some form of noncompetition agreement at some point during their time with a company or as they exit. Whether or not they are commonplace, are such noncompetition agreements justifiably fair to the employee? To some degree, this question spend on individual priorities and perspectives on employment law, but in the legal sense, viable noncompetition agreements must meet three standards.

Your employer may owe you back pay for employee misclassification

Employers bear a responsibility to employees to classify them correctly and pay them appropriately according to overtime protections. However, many employers misclassify employees, denying them benefits they deserve under the law. If your employer classifies you incorrectly, you may not receive proper overtime pay. Are you owed back pay by an employer who misclassified you, or is currently misclassifying you as exempt from overtime?

Do I have to answer all questions in an interview?

Searching for a job can feel like a Herculean task in many job markets these days. For some job searchers, it can become difficult to know just what is reasonable to submit to as part of the interview process, especially if an employer begins to ask questions that seem unrelated to the job prospect at hand. While many potential employees are willing to divulge just about any personal information out of desperation for employment, an employer may actually be seriously overstepping the bounds of what is acceptable to ask.

Not all non-competition agreements are enforceable

As an employee, you may get handed a non-competition agreement as part of your employment contract or as a component of a severance agreement after an employer lets you go. Non-competition agreements are common, and employees regularly overstep their bounds in the terms they place in these agreements. The reality of the matter is that just because an employer places certain terms in a non-competition agreement doesn't mean that the terms are actually legally sound or even enforceable.

Arizona's new sick leave law has surprising results

Arizona's paid sick leave law recently took effect, but there are many questions about how it really works. While many see the new law as a win for employees rights, companies still retain a number of rights over the leave and how it can be used. One such issue that caused questions for many employees throughout the state is the difference between sick leave and paid time off, and how to differentiate between the two.

Should I accept a severance offer?

In this day and age, getting offered any kind of severance package can feel like winning the lottery. However, when an employer offers you a severance agreement, you should always examine the terms to ensure that you're not missing out on benefits you might deserve. If you recently were offered such an agreement, be sure you understand everything you're getting and everything you're giving up before you accept it.