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Negotiating compensation in your executive employment contract

Executive level employees must often sign employment contracts upon hiring. While employment contracts are valuable tools in establishing the rights and responsibilities of all parties, it is vital to ensure the contract will benefit your needs as an employee. Contract negotiations can provide Detroit executives with the means to control some of the risky aspects of a written contract such as the compensation package.

Am I bound by my noncompete agreement?

Many workers who are considering moving on from their current place of employment are shocked to learn that their employment contract contains a "noncompete agreement." If it is too restrictive, it can prevent you from earning a living in your chosen field at anywhere other than your current employer.

How to negotiate a severance package

Sometimes companies have to make cutbacks in staffing, even if the employees in question have been performing well. If you've been notified that you're being let go, you may be presented with a severance package in exchange for agreeing to various conditions as you exit the company.

Employment contracts and territorial realignment in sales

Michigan residents who make their living in sales know the stress they will face when trying to meet their quotas. In many cases, the amount they are paid is contingent on achieving certain sales goals, and it is in their contract that they must reach these numbers. An employment agreement can be complicated and if there are changes made to the terms that the person believed he or she was working under, it can negatively affect their ability to earn a living. One issue that can arise has to do with territory realignment.

Compensation for fired city manager requires he be paid $50,000


Some employment contracts require that the employer pay an employee a severance package before terminating their employment. Those who are dismissed from their jobs need to know what they are entitled to based on employment contracts. On the same token, employers - whether it is a public or private entity - also need to know what the contracts require of them. In some cases, the parties may have a legal disagreement over whether or not the contract should be paid.

How are unemployment benefits affected by severance pay?


Workers who have faced termination from their jobs in Michigan need to have a firm understanding of all the legal issues that surround severance pay. If a former employee received a severance package upon termination, this can have an effect on the unemployment benefits he or she is entitled to. The law states that severance and other payments that an employer made after an employee was dismissed will lower the amount the former worker will receive in unemployment benefits. An exception is the Supplemental Unemployment Benefits.

Importance of non-competitive clauses in employment contracts


Many employees in the United States, including many in Michigan, are required to sign a non-competitive agreement at their place of business. The non-competition clauses, based on time and geography, impose certain conditions on an employee. For example, a non-competition clause may forbid an employee from working for a competitor within 100 miles of the current company's zip code for a year after resigning. Such an employment contract benefits the employer but not the employee. For the employee, that can be restrictive and it can be an obstacle in the way of career growth and progress.

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