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Understanding Employment Agreements

Understanding Employment Agreements

An employment agreement may be a traditional written agreement which is signed and agreed to by an employer and employee or it may be an 'implied' agreement based upon the employer's actions, verbal statements, company memoranda, employee handbooks, company policies, and a number of other documents and communications.

Most employment agreements are governed by terms and conditions of:

  • Duration of employment
  • Employment duties
  • Salary, hourly wage, other forms of compensation
  • Vacation, sick leave, and other 'time-off' benefits
  • Employee grievance procedures
  • Employee behavior which could lead to reprimand, probation, termination, etc.
  • Employee behavior after the employment relationship has terminated

Can My Former Employer Set Conditions On Who I Can Work For And What I Can Do?

Your employer may have had you sign a non competition, non-solicitation, or other restrictive agreement whereby you may be bound to certain conditions after your employment relationship is terminated.

Non Compete - A non compete agreement may be used to restrict your ability to work for certain employers, within a certain distance, for a certain period of time, in certain related industries.

Non Solicit - A non solicit agreement may be used to restrict your ability to engage, contact, and otherwise influence your former employer's clients, customers, suppliers, and other employees.

While the courts have enforced these types of restrictive covenants in specific instances, these agreements are generally unenforceable in Missouri.

At-Will Employment in Missouri

Missouri is an "at will" employment state. At will means that both the employer and the employee can terminate the employment relationship at any time for almost any reason. An employer's right to fire an employee is limited where the employee can prove that the employer actually entered into an explicit contract (an explicit agreement to retain an employee for a particular length of time) or and implied contract (an implied agreement that an employee will be fired only for specific disciplinary reasons).

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