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What should I do before I sign an employment contract?

Posted on Monday, 29th April 2013 by

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Being offered a new job is for most people the end of a long road. With soaring unemployment levels and minimal growth on the economy many people are looking for work and when they are offered a job can be tempted to take it without quibbling over the terms. This is understandable but if you’ve a signed a contract without reading it and become unhappy with the position the contract puts you in you may find yourself having to look for a new job all over again.

A contract of employment is like any other legally binding contract and should be viewed as such. A job offer should be considered in terms of its contractual terms before being accepted.

If you are asked to sign a written contract of employment it is important you read through the contract and are happy that the terms reflect the job you have been offered. In particular you should check the remuneration and benefits package. It is important to also ascertain what notice period is to be given to terminate the employment to ensure it is not too long or too short.

It is advised to consider any restrictive covenants in your contract carefully. A restrictive covenant places restrictions on what you are entitled to after your employment ends. Any restriction is only enforceable if it is for a legitimate purpose and reasonable in scope but if possible you should negotiate their removal.

You should only sign a contract that you are happy with. Consider negotiating better terms or seeking legal advice before signing a new contract.

Andrew is a Commercial & Employment Law solicitor in Leicester. Our Solicitors in Leicester are experts in their fields and dedicated to quality client care. If you would like to find out more about our solicitors in Leicester please contact us.

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Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
Andrew Robinson - Employment Law
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