Assessing employment contracts in Wisconsin

Employees in Wisconsin might benefit from learning more about which factors to consider before finalizing an employment contract. Applicants are advised to learn more about employment law, reread the terms carefully and enlist the services of a lawyer to review the appropriate documentation. Employees may need to consider what transpires if the company or employer is sold. Many times, the terms of the employment contract may be voidable if they are challenged.

Workers may also benefit from understanding more about what restrictions may exist or be imposed after the employment is terminated. Employees may be prohibited or restricted from conducting business with parties they worked with under the employer. In order to be enforceable, the terms of an employment contract designed to prevent companies from poaching employees must be reasonable and last one to two years at most. Employees are advised to review the terms carefully to discern whether or not a non-compete clause can significantly impede future employment opportunities.

In order to be enforceable, noncompetition agreements are required to have a reasonable geographical restriction as well. Employees interested in protecting their inventions or creative efforts from overzealous employers may need to carefully review these agreements as well. Typically, an employer may be entitled to a stake in anything that was developed during the employees’ duration of employment. Some employment contracts may prohibit employees from moonlighting, or working similar jobs while off the clock. However, these types of clauses are rarely enforceable on a uniform basis in all 50 states.

Workers who are interested in learning more about employment law might benefit from confiding in a lawyer. Legal counsel may be able to review the terms of the employment contract and help discern whether the terms are fair and reasonable. Workers who are suffering unjust hardships due to provisions in an employment contract may benefit from contacting a lawyer as well.

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