But, what if the employees and the employer enter a written agreement without specifying an employment term. United States District Judge Blake ruled in this case that the absence of a term means that the relationship is "at will." How does this affect you? If you are an employee and are going through the trouble of negotiating an employment agreement make sure it has a term (and make sure you have an employment attorney review that agreement).
- I wrote here that under Maryland law a written at will employment agreement can contain a arbitration provision (waiving the employee's right to a jury trial).
- Under Maryland law a written at will employment agreement can contain a non-compete provision (limiting the employee's ability to earn a living after the relationship ends).
Two more reasons to get expert advice when asked to sign an employment agreement.