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Employment Contract Law: Major Local Employer Loses Contract After Giving Misleading Information

The U.S. Department of Education just pulled the contracts of five companies, including Pioneer Credit Recovery – a major provider of jobs in Wyoming County – according to a recent WIVB4 News report. The Department of Education reviewed 22 private collection agencies, and found that five were engaging in misleading practices and violating federal and state laws. The agencies received funds from the federal government for collecting debts on delinquent federal student loans. Pioneer Credit Recovery was one of these five agencies. Reasons for severing ties with the agencies included agents providing inaccurate representations about a loan rehabilitation program available to struggling borrowers.

If you or someone you know is preparing to engage in an employment contract, or believes an employer has breached a contract already in place, contact a skilled New York employment contract law attorney right away to understand your contractual rights and obligations.

Employment Contract Law Basics

Because many rights and obligations will be detailed in contractual documents, it is important to have a knowledgeable New York employment contract law attorney review them before you sign. Many employers often ask new hires to sign a contract at the beginning and end of employment.

There are different types of employment contracts that you may come across during your career. Some include:

  • Non-compete agreements – these limit an individual from competing with the business after termination or completion of a business sale.
  • Employment contracts – this legally enforceable agreement can be oral or written, and defines the terms and conditions of employment.
  • Severance agreements – between the employer and employee, this document explains the rights and responsibilities of both parties in the event of a termination and often includes specifics of any severance package.
  • Non-solicitation agreements – this agreement states that if an employee leaves the company, he/she will not engage in business with the company’s clients and will not try to get current employees to work for another.

Although a majority of states have “at-will” employment laws – which allow employers to hire and fire at any time for almost any reason – sometimes an employer may include terms in an offer letter or make oral promises and unintentionally create an employment contract. In some circumstances, a company’s employee handbook can create a contractual right. If this occurs and the terms are breached, an employee may have a claim.

Employment Contract Law Help in New York

The law governing employment contracts is complex, and the facts of each case are as unique as the individual. If you or someone you know is considering leaving a job – or has just been offered employment – the legal professionals at White Ricotta & Marks P.C. can clearly explain your rights and obligations under the employment contract to which you may be bound. Call (800) 240-9269 today to schedule your free, initial consultation.

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