Los Angeles Employment Contract Lawyer
Many employers and employees enter into a work relationship through an employment contract. There are many aspects of the employment agreement that can be included in employment contracts, from salary and benefits to certain types of restrictive covenants. Yet generally speaking, California does not often enforce restrictive covenants against employees, including non-compete agreements. It is critical for employers and employees alike to understand the ways in which Los Angeles employment contracts may or may not be enforceable due to the presence of certain restrictive covenants.
If you have questions about the enforceability of an employment contract, or if you have specific concerns about the enforceability of a noncompete agreement or another type of restrictive covenant, you should seek advice from one of the Los Angeles employment contracts lawyers at Scott Wagner and Associates, P.A. today.
Common Elements in Los Angeles Employment Contracts
Many employment contracts are carefully written and will be enforceable in the event of a dispute between the employer and the employee. In general, the following are common elements in Los Angeles employment contracts that can be enforceable:
- Payment terms: Employment contracts should provide clear information about the employee’s payment from the employer, including detailed information about the type of services the employee will provide in exchange for a particular amount of way. The payment terms should clarify whether the employee will be paid on a salary basis, on a commission basis, or through an hourly wage. The terms of payment should also specify how and whether the employee will be eligible for bonuses, benefits, and expenses.
- Employment terms: Every employment contract in Los Angeles should clarify the terms of the employment, including information about the employee’s title, the length of the employee’s term of employment, the employee’s duties, the employee’s eligibility for vacation time and leave, and any other terms concerning non-monetary compensation.
- Termination information: In Los Angeles, employment contracts should specify when the employee can be terminated for cause, and how employee terminations will be handled by the employer.
Restrictive Covenants in Los Angeles Employment Contracts
Restrictive covenants are agreements or clauses in employment contracts that restrict the employee’s ability to engage in certain types of work after the employer-employee relationship is severed. There are many different forms of restrictive covenants, including non-compete agreements and non-disclosure agreements. Non-compete agreements generally prohibit an employee from working in a certain field, with certain clients or customers, or in a particular geographic area for a specific amount of time after the employer-employee relationship ends.
The California Business and Professions Code says that “every contract by which anyone is restrained from engaging in a lawful profession, trade, or business of any kind is to that extend void.” Accordingly, most non-compete agreements will not be enforced in California, even if they appear in an employment contract. If you have specific questions, you should discuss them with an employment lawyer.
Contact a Los Angeles Employment Contract Lawyer
If you have questions or concerns about the enforceability of terms in an employment contract, including restrictive covenants like non-compete agreements, an experienced Los Angeles employment contracts attorney at our firm can speak with you about your case. Contact Scott Wagner and Associates, P.A. today.