What to know before signing an employment contract

On Behalf of | Oct 13, 2023 | Employment Law

When one starts a new job in Minnesota, an employment contract is often required. When an employer asks a prospective employee to sign a contract, it’s important that both parties are aware of, and understand, the terms in the contract. While the employer has likely used the contract many times before, the employee may be new to signing such an agreement. That’s why it’s important for employees to be knowledgeable about terms commonly used in employment contracts.  

What is commonly found in an employment contract? 

The employment contract is supposed to outline both the rights and responsibilities of the employer and the employee. This may include the duration of employment, the duties of the employee, the employee’s schedule, and their compensation. The contract may also include information about the potential for pay raises. Contracts also often detail the benefits the employee will receive, which may include insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off.  

An employment contract should be signed by both parties to be valid. The employee should thoroughly read through the contract and ask questions if they don’t understand something. Some employers are willing to negotiate contract terms so employees should speak up if they wish to change something in the contract.  

Seek help when an employer breaches the contract 

Even with a valid contract in place, employees may still have concerns at work. If an employee is not compensated according to their contract, they are required to work when not scheduled, or otherwise feel like the employer breached the contract, they may have cause for legal action. Any employee in Minnesota who believes their employer breached the employment contract can speak with an attorney to understand their rights.