What to Know About Employment Agreements in Virginia

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If you are starting a new job, you may be asked to sign some sort of an employment agreement. Many employment agreements are straightforward. However, there are times where these agreements will not serve your best interests. It is important that you retain the services of an experienced Chesterfield County employment attorney who will help you to avoid this risk.

As you can imagine, these agreements are often rife with various stipulations and clauses, which is why it is in your best interests to hire an attorney who can assist you in deciding what is in your best interest. Continue reading to learn some of the most commonly asked questions regarding employment agreements in Virginia. Give our firm a call to learn more about our services and how we can assist you with any employment-related legal matters.

What is employment-at-will?

Virginia is an employment-at-will state. This means that employees in Virginia are entitled to quit their job for any reason at all. This also means that employers in Virginia are entitled to lay off or fire employees for any reason or no reason at all. This can be troublesome for employees in the state. However, there are exceptions. First, an employer cannot terminate an employee for unlawful reasons, such as discrimination. Second, if you have an agreement that governs how you may be terminated, an employer must abide by the terms of the agreement. This is why it is essential to thoroughly understand the terms of your employment agreement and why you may require the assistance of an attorney.

What conditions are included in employment agreements?

There is a wide range of issues that your employment agreement may address, including the following:

  • Non-compete clauses
  • Confidentiality clauses
  • The duration of your employment
  • Circumstances in which each party can terminate your employment
  • Terms of potential benefits
  • Whether you are allowed to receive paid time off
  • Company policies and rules that you are required to follow, at risk of termination
  • Your overall responsibilities toward your company and employer

If you have any concerns or questions regarding the employment agreement you are required to sign before beginning your employment, give our firm a call today. We would be happy to assist you. Our experienced Virginia employment attorney will walk you through every step of the process ahead to ensure you are signing an agreement that works for you.


At Passero Employment Law, we understand it is difficult to confront problems in the workplace or face litigation. With that in mind, we take a solutions-oriented approach to our representation – focusing on the right process and the right solution for each of our clients. To discuss your case, do not hesitate to contact Passero Employment Law today.

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