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Employment Law: An Overview

Many contractual disputes happen in the context of someone's employment. Whether it is a worker who may have broken their employment contract or an independent contractor who is not performing, the business and contract litigation lawyers at the Katz Law Group can help businesses defend themselves in employment litigation cases. Contact them online or call their law office at (508) 480-8202 for legal representation in Marlborough, Worcester, Framingham, or the rest of Massachusetts.

Contracts and Employment Disputes

Many employment disputes in Massachusetts revolve around the employment contract that the worker signed with his or her employer. These contracts are often very complex, with many of them totaling over a hundred pages if an employee handbook is incorporated in the agreement. They often include numerous provisions that are vague and that can regulate what the employee does, both on the worksite and away from it.

The importance of these employment contracts cannot be underestimated. Poorly-drafted employment contracts can protect workers from repercussions when they behave inappropriately or do not perform their jobs. They can also open up a business to an unnecessary potential for liability, should the employee's negligence end up hurting someone else.

Special Clauses in Employment Contracts

Employment contracts in Massachusetts often include some clauses and provisions that are rarely seen in other contexts. These terms can raise important and unique legal issues that require special attention. Some of them include:

These contracts can also be modified, which can raise some important considerations, especially if the modification is an oral or a verbal promise. When your company is a small business or a franchise, or if your business is in the process of closing, there are other issues that can complicate the agreement, as well.

Employees and Independent Contractors

Increasingly, businesses in Massachusetts are turning to independent contractors to provide the business' services. These workers raise numerous important labor issues that can lead to some serious legal claims against your business.

The most important issue when contracting with independent contractors is misclassification. Independent contractors are very specific types of workers under Massachusetts employment law. Hiring a worker, calling them an independent contractor, but then treating them as an employee can lead to severe legal repercussions.

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