How can an employer make sure an employee understands the terms of the employment agreement?

Author: Melanie Perez-Vellios, VP Group LLC

There are several actions an employer can take to ensure that an employee understands the terms of the employment agreement. First, the terms of the agreement should be written in clear, easily understandable language. The intended definition of any ambiguous terms should be contained within the contract. Next, the contract should contain an unambiguous, prominently placed provision, near or on the page to be executed by the employee, which affirms that the employee has read, and understands the terms of the agreement. The provision should also confirm that by signing the contract, the employee understands that he or she is entering into a legally binding contract. Finally, an employer should provide an employee with a specified amount of time in which to review the contract, with or without the assistance of the employee's attorney.