Employment & Severance Agreements
Absent a contract, by default, an employee in Massachusetts is considered “at will” and either the employer or the employee can end the employment relationship for any reason or no reason (except for unlawful discrimination, retaliation, or another reason specifically prohibited by law). An employment contract usually gives an employee greater rights and gives both parties more certainty about the nature and terms of employment. Contracts can come in many different forms. Some are long documents or forms written in legalese, but a simple letter may be just as valid. Oral promises are sometimes enforceable contracts. And, in some circumstances, an employee manual or handbook can be the basis of an enforceable contract if an employer fails to follow its own policies or procedures. Individuals deserve to be treated in accordance with their contract, whatever form it may take.The Advice You Want, the Experience You Need
Our Boston employment lawyers advise and represent individuals in all aspects of employment agreements or contracts. We advise executives and other professionals who have been hired or promoted to help them negotiate favorable contract terms on issues such as salary, bonus, equity interest, stock options, and other benefits. We provide counsel on the meaning of existing agreements, including restrictive covenants such as confidentiality, non-compete, and non-solicitation clauses. If, as an employee, you have an employment contract and face an adverse action, such as termination or demotion, evaluation of the contract is essential to determining what recourse you may have.
As your advocate, we draft, review, explain, negotiate, and handle various types of employment contracts and related matters, including:
- Executive employment contracts
- Compensation agreements
- Non-compete and non-solicitation agreements
- Confidentiality agreements
- Severance and release agreements
- Breach of contract claims
Because every situation is unique, and federal and state laws can limit the scope of contracts, it is important to seek legal advice if you are concerned about your rights or responsibilities under a contract. The Zalkind team understands the laws governing contracts and can help explain the practical impact of a contract and what it means for you. If you are faced with allegations of breaching an employment agreement, we will take all necessary steps to resolve the matter favorably for you, including negotiating with the employer or litigating in court if required.Here to Assist You
If you have questions about an employment contract, or you believe that your employer has broken a contract with you, please call us at 617-742-6020 or complete our contact form.