Anyone who is asked to sign an agreement outlining the terms of their employment shouldn’t proceed without an experienced Knoxville employment agreement attorney on their side. Our legal team can evaluate the agreement and determine whether it is one that will truly work in your best interests. Contact Morris & Doolan, PLLC today so we can get started.
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We understand that oftentimes, the content in an employment agreement is confusing, making it tempting to just sign and move on. However, this could potentially be a huge mistake. Hiring an experienced Knoxville employment attorney to read your agreement and advise you about whether you should sign it can significantly benefit you in the long run. We have extensive experience with employment agreements here at Morris & Doolan, PLLC, and we are prepared to put that experience to work for you.
Types of Employment Agreements
Employers sometimes ask their employees to sign certain agreements. Typically, these agreements are signed prior to employment, however, this is not always the case. Depending on your situation, such as where you work and what your job is, you may be asked to sign certain agreements at any time. Some of the most common types of employment agreements include non-disclosure agreements, non-compete agreements, severance agreements (also known as severance packages), and agreements involving employment benefits & premiums.
Often, when an employee is to be entrusted with certain sensitive or private information, his or her employer will require the employee to sign something known as a non-disclosure agreement. Most non-disclosure agreements essentially state that the employee in question is prohibited from making private company information public. This can include trade secrets, client information, and more. In most cases, the penalties for violating a non-disclosure agreement are included in the agreement itself. If you are asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement, or you are accused of violating one, you should speak with a Knoxville employment agreement attorney as soon as you can.
One of the most common types of employment agreements is non-compete agreements. The main purpose of a non-compete agreement is to ensure that an employee doesn’t acquire field-specific information or trade secrets, quit their job, and apply that insider knowledge to a competing company (or start their own company) in a significantly similar field. In many cases, non-compete agreements are fair both to the employer and the employee.
That being said, at times, these agreements can be quite unfair to unsuspecting employees. Generally, non-compete agreements entail both time and geography limits. For example, a non-compete agreement may state that an employee is prohibited from using insider knowledge at a competing company for the next 5 years (or some other time limit). They may also only apply to a certain state or area. When a non-compete agreement is too large in scope or otherwise unreasonable, you should consider speaking with an experienced Knoxville employment agreement before signing it.
For many employees, severance agreements are a huge bonus. Essentially, when a company lets an employee go, they may offer their employee a severance package. The severance package typically offers the employee monetary compensation for a certain period of time until they can find a new job. That being said, severance agreements are not always in the employee’s best interests. This is because when you sign a severance agreement, you are accepting all terms of the agreement, and some of those terms may be more in your employer’s best interests.
For example, if you believe that you were wrongfully terminated from your position, the severance agreement may include a clause prohibiting you from taking legal action against the company. If you sign the agreement, you will receive monetary compensation, however, you will be unable to file a wrongful termination claim. These agreements are frequently complex, which is why it is always best to speak with an attorney before you sign one.
Employment Benefits & Premiums
Employees are often eligible to receive certain benefits on top of their yearly salaries from their place of employment. Some of the most common employment benefits and premiums include retirement plans, health insurance, and 401(k)s. Unfortunately, there are times where employers will try to avoid giving their employees the benefits to which they are entitled, typically to save money. If this has happened to you, you should strongly consider hiring a knowledgeable Knoxville employment agreement attorney who can fight for the benefits you deserve and need.
Consequences of Violating an Employment Agreement
Unfortunately, there are times where employers will violate employment agreements or they will try to accuse their employees/former employees of violating such an agreement. If your employer violated an employment agreement, our firm can help enforce it. If you’ve been accused of violating an employment agreement, you should also hire an attorney, as the consequences you may face can be quite severe–in the worst cases, violating an employment agreement can even warrant jail time. Our firm is on your side.
Contact a Knoxville Employment Agreement Attorney
The bottom line is that a lot goes into employment agreements, and though it may be tempting to just sign the agreement and start working at your new job, you may find that it will save you greatly, in the long run, to simply have an attorney look over your agreement before you sign it. Contact Morris & Doolan, PLLC today to schedule your initial consultation with our competent legal team.