What are some common parts of an employment contract?

When you are interviewing for various job opportunities in California, chances are you have done your research to find something that caters to your career goals and enables you to progress toward your overall vision. However, once you have narrowed your options and it is time to make a decision, you may be asked to sign an employment contract. This important agreement serves as a protection for both yourself and your employer, and it is imperative that you are aware of some of the things that may be discussed in the document. 

Before you are required to sign an employment contract, you have the option of negotiating the terms and conditions within reason. It is in your best interest to read through the contract thoroughly to identify areas of concern that may have you wanting to discuss your thoughts. Make note of these areas and come up with a realistic and fair counterargument to what is proposed. 

According to Monster, some of the most common areas of any employment contract may include the following:

  • A clause discussing what will happen if you are reprimanded including your employer's rights for termination. 
  • A clause disclosing the amount you are to be paid and how any unique bonuses or commissions will be earned. 
  • A clause discouraging you from becoming involved with competitors' organizations. 
  • A clause defining whether or not it is okay for you to pursue a side business unrelated to your employment. 
  • A clause detailing the length the contract will be in effect. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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