Employment Contract Review

Austin Employment Contract Review Attorney

The Cook Law Firm regularly reviews employment contracts for executives, doctors, and other professionals to ensure the contract is fully understood and to ensure that the contract actually provides protections. In addition, The Cook Law Firm drafts contracts for high-level employees and for small employers looking to provide contracts to employees. In doing so, The Cook Law Firm draws on its experience as a litigation firm. We’ve litigated numerous employment contract cases through the years and have learned how the language actually plays out before the court and arbitration systems. While some individuals specialize in drafting contracts, they haven’t seen what happens with their language when the rubber meets the road. Our unique experience in this regard allows our firm to provide practical and reliable counsel to our employment contract clients.

Most individuals in Texas work their entire lives without an employment contract. But for those employees that have the opportunity to have an employment contract governing the work relationship, the language in the contract is of the utmost importance. Even one word in an employment contract can render the contract worthless for the employee. In other words, just because you have an employment contract doesn’t mean you have security. As in any contract, the key is the details. We’ve seen too many times when an individual walks in our office thinking they have a strong contract, only to discover that their employment contract is not worth the paper it is written on. However, if an employment contract is reviewed at the outset, we can ensure a proper understanding and attempt to make it as strong as possible.

An initial contract review usually takes less than two hours. Consultations can be held in person or over the telephone. We will review your contract, provide a plain-words summary of its meaning, and identify any problem language that may exist. We can also negotiate with your employer regarding a contract in an effort to create a final document that protects your interests. If you are starting from scratch, we can also draft an employment contract for you to present to your employer.

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Additional Information About Employment Contracts

Individuals that have entered into an employment contract with their employer are typically provided with a number of legal rights determined by the contract at issue.  These rights range from compensation amount and structure to limitations on the timing and grounds for a termination.  While such contracts provide employees with a certain amount of protection and certainty, contracts are sometimes breached or ignored by an employer.  More often, disputes or questions arise over contractual language and the meaning of specific terms in the contract.  Given the high stakes involved with the meaning of even one sentence in a contract, contractual disputes can quickly lead to a heated dispute or litigation.

Who is Protected By an Employment Contract?

Employees that typically possess employment contracts include doctors, corporate executives, and highly skilled professionals. These individuals typically enter into a contract of employment at the beginning of employment which provides a term and compensation structure for that term. Such employment contracts often also include non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and non-disclosure agreements.

However, in Texas, most employees do not have employee contracts and are subject to employment at will, which means that an employer may change or terminate employment for almost any reason at any time. While most employees receive offer letters and sign a number of agreements when they begin an employment, these agreements usually do not provide them with contractual rights that take them outside employment at will.

Some agreements or promises by an employer, even if they do not change the employment at will environment, may provide contractual rights to certain benefits.