Issue: Drafting a legally sound employment contract and avoiding "implied contract" claims.
Benefit/risk: While employment contracts can offer your organization additional legal rights, they also expose you to new legal headaches.
Action: Structure agreements carefully to avoid giving up employer rights. Make sure your job promises don't create a contract.
THE LAW. A written employment contract between you and an employee spells out the terms of your relationship. While no single law governs those pacts, they can give rise to several important legal issues, including at-will employment, implied contracts and the concept of good faith.
Employment contract advantages: They lock in compensation deals, protect trade secrets, give you more control over employees' ability to quit, outline specific grounds for dismissal and set limits on the employee competing with you when he leaves.
But employment contracts a...(register to read more)