Minimum employment tenure & medical insurance contribution

Hi, I work in NY state office. My employer had contract with me saying that I should work for atleast 18 months. The reason for that is he said that the project is 18 months and so he has to make sure that I stay for 18 months, but no where in the agreement was it mentioned that the current project is for 18 months.
Is this minimum employement tenure agreement valid in NY state?
Also my employer contributes 50% towards medical premium. If I doubt, Can ask him to show me the agreement between the company and medical insurance provider on the medical plans and premiums to make sure that he is also contributing 50%?

Thank you.

1 answer  |  asked Aug 18, 2006 08:17 AM [EST]  |  applies to New York

Answers (1)

David M. Lira
Forced to Work

Some time ago, in fact more than 100 years ago, the Constitution of the United States was amended to make involuntary servitude illegal in this country. Although I know that in some quarters the Constitution is considered quaint and outdated, to me and many others, it is still the primary law of the land. So, no one can be forced to work for anyone.

However, if you have signed an employment agreement for a definite term, you could be subjected to a claim for damages for leaving a job before the end of the term. Damages would be the difference between what you would have been paid, and what the employer had to pay your replacement, plus incidental costs, including the costs of recruiting a replacement.

posted by David M. Lira  |  Aug 22, 2006 09:20 AM [EST]

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