113 words. The best way to protect yourself against contracts that contain any of the things I’ve listed below is to educate yourself. You don’t need to be a lawyer in order to know the law. And remember: if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t (speaking as someone who has seen a few bad offers and was, thankfully, in a position to turn them down)
The worst employment contracts/offer letters include one to all of the following:
1. they include something that goes against the legal provisions of the state or country that the contract is based in. For instance, if the law provides for 30 days of annual leave, the contract might state that the employee is entitled to only 20 days of leave in total.
2. they are not open for negotiation or even discussion, nor are there adequate explanations available for those provisions that are specific to the company
3. they are ambiguous about what the employee can expect in terms of benefits, or are purposely worded to mislead
4. they contain terms or phrases that are biased, prejudiced or derogatory.
Day 42: the autobiography of dust