Re: FWD: Seeking assistance-contract rates

Subject: Re: FWD: Seeking assistance-contract rates
From: Peter <pnewman1 -at- home -dot- com>
To: Kimberly <JKWilson -at- concentric -dot- net>
Date: Sun, 05 Mar 2000 11:01:26 -0500

Kimberly wrote:
> Most contracts are standard but make sure you actually READ IT! Don't let
> the recruiter rush you. Expect to see some kind of penalty for doing an
> end-run around your agency (quitting the agency to work directly for the
> client, thus cutting the agency out of their rightful placement fee).
> However, be careful about any penalties the contract inflicts for leaving
> without giving sufficient notice or before the end of the contract. These
> are not very standard, and in many states they aren't even enforceable.
> (And, after all, they can fire you without notice, why shouldn't you be
> able to quit without notice? It's unprofessional and a bad practice, but
> they should not be able to inflict a monetary penalty on you for it.) Same
> goes for penalties for "stealing" other employees when you leave. These
> aren't usually enforceable.
> BTW, if you don't like the terms of the contract, feel free to cross out
> and/or change the terms you object to. Contracts are negotiable, after all,
> but most recruiters balk at the idea of having to draw up a whole different
> contract from scratch. They often don't realize that the scratch-out method
> of contract modification is legal. Get them to initial the changed parts
> and sign the whole thing. Same goes for any other legal paperwork they ask
> you to fill out. Don't freak if they say they'll have to get it approved by
> a higher-up. Stand your ground if it means something to you (and if it
> doesn't, why are you making the fuss to begin with?). Always get a copy for
> yourself at the same time you sign it.

It is not necessary to initial each section that is changed. It is
important is for you to keep a signed copy of the agreement with the


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