Employment Law Attorney for Employees
Do You Need Help with an Employment Contract
Did your employer present you with an employment contract? You need experienced employment law attorney Teri E. Robins to review the agreement before you sign away your rights.
When executed properly, employment agreements are advantageous to both employers and employees, protecting the best interests of all who are involved. Unfortunately, these contracts and their clauses are usually created by businesses and their attorneys. This places you, the employee, at a significant disadvantage should future conflicts arise. Without an employment contract lawyer to review the terms of the agreement, your interests, and your rights, may be in jeopardy.
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Are you changing jobs in Illinois? Whether you are transitioning into a new position with your current employer, or you’re beginning a new career adventure, you are probably reviewing your employment contract. You’re considering the terms of your new position, your legal obligations, and the obligations of your employer, and how signing this contract will impact your future. Could you negotiate for higher wages and better benefits? Will all of these clauses hinder your ability to prosper in the future if you decide to leave your job?
Employment law attorney Teri Robins will review your employment contract, answer your questions, address your concerns, and make sure your rights as an Illinois employee are protected. Our law firm can help with:
Although employment is generally at-will in Illinois, certain types of jobs, like executive positions and positions for people with specialized training, may include compensation agreements. These contracts generally outline your proposed payment structure, wage amounts, and benefits. They are not usually etched in stone, however. Experienced employment contract attorney Teri Robins can review your compensation agreement and help you create a proposed revision that meets your goals.
Although non-compete clauses are intended to protect your employer’s business interests, these agreements can be overly restrictive. The terms often govern too broad of a geographical area, include unreasonable timeframes, or prohibit employees from working in entire industries. When this happens, it can significantly impact an employee’s ability to advance in his or her career. Fortunately, non-compete clauses that are too broad or restrictive may not be enforceable. Employment lawyer Teri Robins can review your non-compete agreement to determine whether it is valid.
Non-solicitation clauses can be unreasonable in duration and scope, limiting your ability to advance in your new career. Designed to protect employers from losing permanent customers and clients, and to prevent former employees from requesting that other employees join them at their new jobs, these agreements often place unwarranted burdens on workers. In January 2022, however, the Illinois Freedom to Work Act was amended to provide extra protections to employees, making some non-solicitation agreements illegal and void. Whether you are considering signing a non-solicitation clause, or you suspect your existing agreement is unfair, Employment lawyer Teri Robins can help make sure your rights as an Illinois employee are protected.
Confidentiality clauses, commonly referred to as non-disclosure agreements or NDAs, are intended to protect your employer’s sensitive information, trade secrets, or other, similar interests. Non-disclosure agreements specify which information is to remain confidential, and limit the use of some information that is shared. In many cases, however, these agreements are unfair. If they are too broad in the types of information included, or unreasonably limit the use of shared information, they may prohibit you from using the skills or knowledge you gained while employed with the company.
Severance agreements often protect employees from financial hardship if they lose their jobs involuntarily. However, they often come with stipulations that are unfair. In many cases, severance agreement contain provisions like continued salary, bonuses, health insurance and other benefits, in exchange for the employee signing a release of all claims. The terms of these agreements vary significantly. They may prohibit an employee from filing a lawsuit against the company for things like wrongful termination, or they can even include terms that silence workers who are victims of sexual harassment.
Do You Need to Hire an Employment Contract Attorney?
If you are changing positions with your current employer, you are considering a position with a new company, or your employer is revising its employment terms, contact employment contract attorney Teri Robins right away. If you agree to the terms of your new employment contract without requesting a lawyers’ review, you could be signing away your rights, and your future.
Contact Teri Robins to protect your rights and best interests.
FAQs About Employee Contract Law in Illinois
What terms should I look out for in an NDA?
If you have been asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement, you should be skeptical if the terms are overly broad or seem to be more concerned about silencing employees than protecting the interests of the company. Extended timelines, forced arbitration clauses, and liquidated damages provisions may all be red flags.
What factors do courts consider when determining whether a non-compete agreement is reasonable?
To determine whether a non-compete agreement is reasonable, the courts will generally consider the geographic scope of the restrictions, the timeframe that applies, the restricted activities, and whether the company has a legitimate interest it is trying to protect. As of January 1, 2022, the courts will also consider the employee’s income when evaluating an agreement.
What is at-will employment?
At-will employment means that the employee and/or the employer can terminate the employment relationship at any time, and for any reason, as long as that reason isn’t illegal under state or federal law. If you are an employee without an employment contract, you are considered an at-will employee. As such, your employer can change the terms of your employment at any time.