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What might make an employment contract invalid?

On Behalf of | May 13, 2022 | Contract Law

All businesses require reliable employees to carry out daily operations. It’s not always easy to secure competent staff, but it’s certainly possible. 

When you’ve managed to do this, you want to think about different ways of making them feel valued and secure. You also want to pay close attention to your legal rights and options should something go wrong. 

One way to make sure this happens is to draft solid employment contracts. These give rights to all parties. However, an employment contract is only useful if it’s enforceable. What might make an employment contract invalid?

Verbal agreements

Some managers prefer to operate in a more informal manner. While there is nothing wrong with this, it’s better to take a formal approach with legal agreements, at least. Although verbal agreements can be binding, these are typically much more difficult to enforce. People go back on their word sometimes. That’s an unfortunate aspect of life. By having a well-drafted employment contract in writing, the rights of all parties are much more secure.

Agreements that are unclear

Your employees need to be clear on their roles and responsibilities, as well as the remuneration they can expect to receive. Contracts can be unclear in numerous ways. A document that is too lengthy can be difficult to understand, even for someone in the legal field. At the same time, a document that is too sparse will not offer the required clarity for either party.

If you’re unsure about how to draft an effective employment contract, or you’re currently in a dispute with an employee, make sure you check out your legal options. Having someone with knowledge in this area will help you to obtain a swift and fair outcome.