What should I include in employment agreements?

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An employment agreement in North Carolina should likely include the following elements:

  1. Job Title and Responsibilities: Clearly define the employee’s job title and the responsibilities associated with the position.
  2. Compensation: Include details about the employee’s salary, hourly rate, or other forms of compensation, as well as any bonuses, commissions, or other incentives.
  3. Benefits: Detail any benefits the employee is entitled to, such as health insurance, retirement plans, paid time off, and other perks. It is important to detail what happens to these benefits in the event of termination.
  4. Term of Employment: Indicate the length of the employee’s employment, whether it is for a fixed term or indefinite.
  5. Termination: Include provisions for terminating the employment agreement, including any notice requirements or severance pay.
  6. Non-Disclosure and Non-Compete: If appropriate for your business, include provisions that prevent the employee from disclosing confidential information or working for a competitor for a certain period of time after leaving your company.
  7. Intellectual Property: Clearly state who owns any intellectual property created by the employee during their employment, such as inventions or copyrighted works.
  8. Dispute Resolution: Include a provision for resolving any disputes that may arise between the employer and employee, such as arbitration or mediation.
  9. Governing Law: State which state law will govern the employment agreement.

It’s important to note that employment agreements should be customized to the specific needs of your business and industry. Consider consulting with an attorney who is experienced in employment law in North Carolina to ensure that your agreement is legally sound and provides the necessary protections for your business.

Will Blackton is a business lawyer based in Raleigh, North Carolina. You can reach Will at wblackton@bobllaw.com or (919) 636-5979.

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