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Do your employee contracts make false promises?

On Behalf of | May 12, 2023 | Employment Issues

Employment is shifting as the years go by. The work culture is experiencing numerous changes. For instance, many people are now working for passion, not just money. In addition, employers allow employees to choose their work locations and schedule. 

This new culture has led to a rise in standards and expectations from employees. People are more willing to quit or pass a job that doesn’t make a change in their career. Thus, you may be tempted to exaggerate things on the first meeting or in the contract to get a talented person in your company. However, this is unlawful, and they can take legal action against you.

What is a false promise?

A false promise is a statement in an employee contract or said by a hiring manager which is not fulfilled. For example, it can be incorrect to employ someone with special needs, yet you don’t have the resources to accommodate them even though you stated so in the contract.

Other common aspects of false promises include: 

  • Bonuses 
  • Work schedule flexibility
  • Promotion/increase in salary after working in the company for a specified period 
  • Extensive benefit packages
  • Transforming a contractor role to a full-time position

Your employment contract should only include what you can and are willing to fulfill in all clauses.

What should you do if an employee accuses you of this?

If your employee accuses you of a false promise, you should get more information about the particular statement that has not been fulfilled. And then explain to them the factors that may have caused the delay and how soon you can keep the promise. 

A misinterpretation may make an employee irate at you for false promises or fraudulent misrepresentation. If this happens, you should get legal help to defend yourself and your business.