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Why your employment contract should be reviewed before you sign it

On Behalf of | Apr 24, 2024 | Employment Law

When embarking on a new job, the excitement and anticipation of your situation can sometimes overshadow the importance of meticulously reviewing your employment contract before you jump in with both feet. However, this document is not merely a formality, and it should not be treated as such.

An employment contract is a binding agreement that outlines the terms of your employment. It defines your rights, responsibilities and the conditions of your position. As such, it should be thoroughly reviewed before you sign it, as the consequences of signing a binding agreement that you don’t fully understand could be disastrous down the road.

Employment contracts are complicated

Employment contracts often contain complex legal jargon that may be difficult to understand. Seeking a personalized review can help to ensure that you understand your job role, salary, benefits, working hours and other important terms. Misunderstandings or assumptions can lead to disputes or dissatisfaction later on, which can impact your professional and personal life.

Sometimes, employment contracts can include clauses that are unfavorable or overly restrictive, such as non-compete clauses, confidentiality agreements or intellectual property agreements. These clauses can significantly impact your future employment opportunities and personal freedom. A thorough review can help to identify such clauses and allow you to better understand their implications. You can then potentially negotiate more favorable terms before committing to the contract.

Finally, understanding the intricacies of your employment contract puts you in a better position to negotiate even better terms. A review can allow you to identify areas where there is room for negotiation—be it salary, benefits, flexible working conditions or severance terms.

Negotiating a contract before signing can lead to improved terms that align more closely with your career goals and personal needs. Don’t miss out on this opportunity by signing an agreement that hasn’t yet been properly reviewed.