If you’ve ever had a job, you’ve more than likely had to sign an employment contract. Likewise, business owners draft employment contracts for new hires every day in Wisconsin. An employment contract protects both the employer and employee in many ways by detailing salary, benefits, confidentiality, non-compete agreements, and more. Contracts can affect all parties during and long after emp But how firm is the agreement? Are employment contracts actually legal in Wisconsin? Exploring the legality and enforceability of employment contracts can be complicated, but Atolles Law, S.C. is here to help.

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Why is an Employment Contract Necessary?

When it comes to Wisconsin employment contracts, the first thing employers and employees should determine is whether the contract is legal and enforceable. Many people think that any signed document is a legal contract, but that’s not the case. The contract may include illegal restrictions or unenforceable actions. In that case, courts have found the contract to be wholly unenforceable. That’s why it’s important to have a legal employment contract in place.

 Employers want to ensure that an employee doesn’t leave and take clients with them, and employees want to receive their full benefits and salaries as promised in the contract. There are countless cases of either party violating the contract. For example, Employer A agrees to pay its employee a specific wage on a specific date. The employee finds that they aren’t being paid their promised wage, violating the contract. Another example of an employment contract violation can happen when an employee shares confidential or proprietary information, whether intentionally or unintentionally. 

Both examples show why a signed employment contract is necessary. It holds both parties accountable for their actions by detailing expectations from the beginning of employment. The contract often includes company guidelines and procedures that the employee can refer to and follow. It protects employees and employers in legal matters, but it’s important to ensure that the contract is legally enforceable. 

What Does an Employment Contract Include?

A valid contract can vary greatly depending on job position, industry, and location. The contract should protect a business’s interests while offering the employee clear terms and conditions of his or her employment. It can minimize the probability of  disputes and provides security on both ends. 

Employment contracts often include:

  • Salary or Wages
  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Benefits and Vacation Packages
  • Job Description and Duties
  • Non-Compete Agreement
  • Performance Reviews
  • Termination Procedures

How Can You Tell If an Employment Contract is Legal?

It isn’t always easy to know if every term detailed in an employment contract is legal. Wisconsin employment laws and statues can change. Most people aren’t familiar with Wisconsin employment laws, but an attorney can help you navigate the legalities of employment contracts. At Atolles Law, S.C., we have years of experience assisting employees and employers with enforcing employment contracts and handling contract disputes. We stay up to date on all laws and statues to help both parties get the most out of their agreement. If you have questions about your employment contract or want legal advice when drafting a contract, the law team at Atolles Law, S.C. are here for you. Contact us today for a consultation regarding employment contracts and law from Wisconsin-based experts.