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Is an oral contract legally binding?

Written contracts exist so that there is physical proof, a record of what two or more parties agreed to at signing. For example, when starting a new job or modifying one's current position, terms for employment will be set and documented in a written contract. When discussing the contract, though, oral agreements may be made, and those agreements generally become a part of the contract -- even if they are never written down. Are oral contracts legally binding in the state of California?

What should employment contracts cover?

Numerous employers in the state of California utilize contracts when hiring staff. These contracts should lay out exactly what is to be expected from both the employer and employee. Solid employment contracts should be pretty detailed. There is some key information that, if not included in one's contract, one may want to request be added before signing anything.

Employment contracts: Do you have to sign a noncompete agreement?

You found the perfect job. Your interview went well and you are ready to get started, but then it happened. Before you can officially be hired, however, you are told you need to sign certain employment contracts, including a noncompete agreement. Do you really have to sign it? Do you and other California residents in your same position have a say in the matter?

Things to know about employment contracts

Employers in California and elsewhere depend on contracts to keep their companies running smoothly and to help avoid litigation. Some business owners require their employees to sign employment contracts, while others prefer to use employment agreements that are simply implied. What is the difference?

New physicians should consider these tips in employment contracts

After spending years in college, going through an internship and finally becoming a full-fledged physician, new San Jose doctors may begin job hunting. Accepting an offer is usually just the first step in getting hired. More than likely, new physicians will end up negotiating their first employment contracts and need help doing so.

More employment contracts include clawback clauses

Earning a college degree and completing the necessary training is all part of landing that dream job. For many new hires, whether fresh out of college or veterans in their field, the hiring process can be a whirlwind of interviews, assessments and paperwork. Among the documents to review and sign is the contract, and more employment contracts are now including provisions that penalize employees for poor performance or misconduct.

Emergency responders out in the cold with no employment contracts

One of the most overlooked benefits of living in a larger city or town is the public service amenities, including those provided by first responders. While no one can deny the valuable service that these dedicated individuals provide, these workers may feel unappreciated when they are left out in the cold with no current employment contracts in force. It is not unusual for California towns to attempt to negotiate the terms of these contracts, but the providers may feel undervalued when they feel forced to provide care for residents without having a valid agreement in place.

City attempts to help end employment contract dispute for workers

Often, when two sides are having a difficult time reaching a mutually satisfying agreement, a mediator may get involved in order settle some of the differences. While not every employment contract dispute requires such intervention, it can help both parties understand the situation from a different perspective. There are times when California workers may require assistance from other professionals in order to resolve some protracted disputes.

Public supports teachers in employment contract dispute

Any time workers are treated unfairly or denied just pay for providing agreed-upon services, they have a right to seek better working conditions. In many situations, California employees may find themselves in the midst of an employment contract dispute that requires them to go on strike or take other measures to get their point across. As long as the laws are followed, these actions can be an effective bargaining tool, though there are times when workers may need to pursue other avenues for relief.

Union workers prepare to strike after employment contract dispute

Unions first came into existence as a way to ensure that workers' rights were protected. These organizations still serve a vital purpose, especially in situations where workers and employers are unable to reach an accord during an employment contract dispute. These unions work hard to ensure that employees are not forced to concede key points when its time for contracts to be renewed. It is likely that many California workers have been well represented by their unions in these circumstances. 

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