In Texas, the employer/employee relationship is governed by the “at-will” doctrine. This simply means that the employer and employee are free to terminate the employment relationship at any time, for any reason.
An employer does not need “good cause” to terminate an employee. Similarly, an employee does not need “good cause” to leave. An Employment Contract alters the employment-at-will relationship between the parties.
Employment agreements can be complicated, and there are many terms to consider, including how you will be compensated, what your duties and performance expectations will be, what the grounds for termination are, whether there will be severance benefits, and whether any non-competition or non-solicitation obligations will be included.
If you are contemplating accepting new employment, it is highly advisable to consult an attorney during contractual negotiations. I can review the proposed contract and advise you as to the consequences of the terms, as well as suggest revisions or additional terms that may be more favorable to you.
Employment contracts are fairly rare in Texas because an employer does not want to alter the power to terminate an employee at will. There are situations where there is a true intent to create an employment agreement, typically for executives, or health care providers, but there are other circumstances that employers want an employment contract with an employee.
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