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Employment contracts benefit workers and business owners

When the time comes to expand a business, a Pennsylvania entrepreneur may wish to hire employees to help carry the load. However, this may fill a business owner with trepidation because of the many potential complications that come with hiring, compensating and perhaps firing employees. Business owners often find that some of those complications can be avoided with a carefully drafted employment contract.

The advantages of such a contract include addressing common contingencies that arise in business situations. Contracts can describe what an employer expects of his or her workers, the benefits the employee may receive and how the relationship between boss and worker may end. While contracts are not always necessary, many business owners find that they are able to retain employees longer when they have signed such an agreement.

Contracts can also include important protections for the business owner. For example, a contract may include non-compete clauses, preventing former employees from seeking work with a company rival. Managers may also benefit from including requirements for employers to give reasonable notice before leaving the job. A common drawback of employment contracts is that they eliminate the "at-will" option, which allows an employer to fire a worker who isn't producing. A contract may protect the worker from such dismissal.

Well-drafted employment contracts can save business owners many headaches. Finding the balance between protecting one's business and attracting a talented employee requires skill and knowledge of employment law. Many business owners in Pennsylvania find those qualities in a experienced Kisner Law Firm attorney who can help them create a contract appropriate for their circumstances.

Source:, "Employment Contract", Accessed on Aug. 12, 2017

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