Olympia Business Attorney Assisting With Employment Contracts
It is important that employers have clear contracts with their employees or independent contractors. This is due to the fact that written agreements define the scope of work to be performed, the amount of compensation to be paid, the roles of a worker, and the conditions under which they may be terminated. Failing to properly define these issues can lead to claims of wrongful termination or other lawsuits by the worker. Hiring an experienced lawyer to deal with such issues can allow a small or medium sized business to focus on the most important thing – their customers. Ben Cushman is an Olympia attorney who helps companies with the creation of employment contracts. Call our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also serve Tacoma and other areas in Washington.
Business law lawyer helping Olympia and Tacoma businesses to create and improve employment contracts
An employment contract is an agreement between an employer and his or her worker. It defines the terms of the employment, what it is that is expected of the worker, and the terms under which the employment relationship may be terminated. Companies can open themselves up to potential claims by workers if they do not have written agreements or if such agreements are poorly written. Examples of claims that can result in litigation are those of a worker being wrongfully fired, claims that the worker was promised greater compensation or some type of a bonus, that the sick leave policy violates I-1433, etc. There may also be disputes as to whether the company representative who negotiated the contract had authority to negotiate on behalf of the company.
The first step in drafting an employment agreement is to determine the goals that the company wishes to achieve by hiring the worker. Once those goals are identified it is necessary to identify the responsibilities which the worker will need to meet those goals. It is also important to identify possible ways in which the worker can create problems for the company. Rules and limitations can then be formulated in order to prevent the individual from creating such problems. Once this framework has been established then the terms of employment can be reduced to a written contract. When formulating an agreement it is important to think of possible situations which may not be readily apparent. Retaining an experience attorney can help you to do so.
Ben Cushman is an Olympia business law lawyer who handles the creation of employment contracts. Ben will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of your business and your reasons for hiring an employee or an independent contractor. He will then help you consider ways in which you may wish to protect yourself in an employment agreement. Once all of the possibilities have been considered, and a framework has been developed, Ben will draft an agreement for use in your business. If necessary, we will meet with your employee to explain the contract to them and to gain their signature. We understand the stresses that come along with running a company – we focus on the handling of employee issues so that you may focus on your customers. Contact us today.
Our firm also serves the Thurston County cities of Lacey, Tumwater, and Yelm, the Pierce County cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, and Lakewood, the Lewis County cities of Centralia, Chehalis, the King County cites of Seattle, Auburn, Bellevue, Burien, and Federal Way, as well as other areas in Washington, including Grays Harbor, Mason, Cowlitz, and Pacific Counties.
Olympia attorney assisting with a variety of matters related to employment agreements
With the passage of I-1433, regarding required sick leave, it is more important than ever that companies have an employment contract setting out the terms of a worker’s employment. There are also many situations in which businesses may need the employment contract to include specialized terms. . These situations can include requiring the employment contract to have a non-compete provision, a provision stating that the worker cannot solicit the company’s workers or work for a competitor after the employee has left, as well as provisions to maintain confidentiality and protect trade secrets. Ben is able to help in such instances and he will provide a high degree of attorney-client communication while doing so. This includes timely responding to emails, quickly returning phone calls, and making himself available to answer your questions. It is our honor to serve those in the Olympia and South Sound community and take our obligations seriously.