Does an employer signed employee review constitute a contract?

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Does an employer signed employee review constitute a contract?

I quit my job and now my employer won’t pay me back vacation pay. In my state supposedly he doesn’t have to.

However, there’s no policy stating that if you don’t use it you lose it. I have my employee reviews signed by both him and I. Isn’t the review a signed contract?

Asked on February 5, 2019 under Employment Labor Law, Alaska

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

No, a signed review does not necessarily form an enforceable contract. Employment in this country is "employment at will": the employer can change it (including what you are paid) or end it at will--at any time, without advance notice. To overrule that, there must be a written contract FOR A DEFINED OR SET PERIOD OF TIME, which by its plain terms locks in the terms of employment or compensation for some fixed period of time (e.g. a one-year contract starting and ending on defined dates). If there is no fixed or set period of time, the written written agreement does not override the employer's right to change things at any time it wants.


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