What terms should be included in a written employment contract?

Author: Melanie J. Perez-Vellios, VP Group LLC

The necessary terms to be contained in an employee contract are dependent on numerous variables and will vary by state, the specific type of business and even the particular employment position contemplated by the contract. Generally, employment contracts contain the following information:

  • Identification of the parties;
  • Nature of employment;
  • Offer and acceptance clause;
  • Salary and benefits information;
  • Employment term and termination information;
  • Start date, if applicable;
  • At-will employment provision;
  • Choice of applicable law;
  • Duties and job responsibilities of the employee;
  • Noncompete clause;
  • Nonsolicitation clause;
  • Confidentiality clause;
  • Amendment clause;
  • Severability, clause;
  • Applicable law clause;
  • Entire agreement clause;
  • Nonassignment clause; and
  • Signature page.