Employment contracts Law
Maurice Blackburn’s highly experienced employment lawyers can provide you with expert advice in all areas of employment contract law, and can provide strategic advice when negotiating your next contract of employment. Whether you engage our expert legal assistance during the formation and drafting of the contract, during a period of employment, or in the event of a breach of contract, at Maurice Blackburn we are ideally positioned to secure your employment contract rights and protect your employment and business prospects.
We are ideally placed to provide strategic advice when conducting due diligence and negotiating the terms of any new employment contract. Our executive employment lawyers are particularly well-versed in breach of contract and restraint of trade matters and have successfully conducted some of the country’s most significant employment contract law cases.
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Employment contract law
Employment contracts may be created orally, in writing, or be partly oral and partly written. This means that offers which are made to you verbally and during negotiations may be as valid as those contained in the eventual written contract and can be upheld. Employment contracts can also include terms found in other documents, including policies, and job descriptions. This has particular relevance for breaches in codes of conduct and policy which adversely affect you.
Maurice Blackburn are the experts in employment law and can advise you on all your employment contract rights and obligations. We provide advice in relation to all aspects of employment contract law and can ensure that your current rights and future interests are protected.
If you have concerns about your current employment contract, or are negotiating the terms of a new contract, talk to us today about how we can help.
Non compete clauses
Non-compete clauses are post-termination provisions which restrict your right to set up a competing business, usually within a geographical area and for a specific period of time. Non-compete clauses can have serious consequences for your future employment and business opportunities, and the breach of such a clause can lead to costly litigation.
Before signing an employment agreement, make sure you read and understand all parts of the contract, particularly any non-compete and restraint of trade clauses. If you believe a non-compete or restraint provision is or will be unreasonable, you should consider negotiating a change in the clause before signing the contract. Maurice Blackburn can discretely and effectively negotiate the terms of your next employment contract on your behalf.
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Restraint of trade
Restraint of trade clauses are intended to protect the employer’s business interests. These clauses attempt to regulate an employee's conduct while still engaged in the employment relationship and to restrict a former employee's conduct after the employment relationship has ended. Complex ‘cascading’ restraint clauses are becoming more common and have been the subject of a number of legal cases. This is an area in which Maurice Blackburn employment lawyers have seen significant success.
In broad terms, restraint of trade clauses are enforceable to the extent “reasonably necessary” to protect the “legitimate business interests” of the employer. The law will, for example, protect your employer’s trade secrets, confidential information, customer connections and staff relationships. However, for example, an employer can’t protect itself against simple competition from former employees. This means you are entitled to use any expertise acquired in the service of your former employer in legitimate competition.
If you are negotiating a new employment contract or if you need legal advice regarding your current contract, Maurice Blackburn are the experts.
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