A Breach of Contract is a violation of a contractual obligation, either by failing to perform one’s own promise or by interfering with another party’s performance. See Black’s Law Dictionary, Seventh Edition, Abridged, page 149. According to Bouvier’s Law Dictionary, Third Revision, 1914, Volume 1, page 389, a breach of contract is the violation of an obligation, engagement or duty. A breach literally means the breaking of the rule when it comes to law. For contacts, a breach typically implies the nonperformance of a contractual obligation, frequency used as a breach of contract. See Garner’s Dictionary of Legal Usage, Third Edition, Oxford, page 119. When you need a breach of contract attorney in Salt Lake City, Utah, you should call Ascent Law LLC. They have breach of contract attorneys on staff ready to help you with your contractual questions.
When it comes to contracts for employment, certain states are “at-will” jurisdictions. This means that unless there is a contract in place, an employee is generally free to leave the employer at any time, and the employer can dismiss the employee at any time, without justification. At Ascent Law, we work with employers to make sure that they don’t breach their contracts. You should always have a good Contract Lawyer on your team.
Even in at-will contexts, however, it is not permissible for employers or employees to breach the terms of a contract that both parties have agreed to. Possible employment contract breaches may arise over terms that include:
- Salary and compensation
- Benefits, such as stock-options, retirement plans, and health insurance coverage
- Employee codes of conduct
- Confidentiality agreements
- Non-compete agreements
- Termination policies
Employers may include any information in a contract that is relevant to the industry or job function in question. When parties file lawsuits related to employment contracts, it is typically because either the employer or employee has violated the terms. In most cases, the plaintiff must demonstrate that the contract was breached in a material way, and that there were monetary losses as a result of the breach.
Occasionally, employers have documents, such as employee handbooks, which may be important but not easily accessible. If such a document exists at your workplace, you have the right to access it. Although employees do not always read the full text of employee handbooks, these guides often contain information that can be highly relevant in employment litigation.
It is important to seek attorney representation when facing an employment contract dispute because it can be difficult to assess whether the contract’s terms were broken and the consequences of any breach.
Prevent a breach of contract lawsuit
A contract may specify when an employee can be terminated, for what reasons, and the procedure for doing so. Even in “at-will” situations there are still rules governing why an employee can be terminated.
If you have been terminated by your employer and feel that it may have been done in violation of your employment contract, keep records of any correspondence related to your termination, as well as a copy of the original contract itself.
Unpaid compensation claims are a very common type of employment litigation. Some employers attempt to cut corners, save money, or retaliate against employees by denying them their fair compensation.
These cases are often prompted by one of the following scenarios:
- The employer did not pay a significant portion of the employee’s salary without lawful justification.
- The employer withheld bonuses when the employee met the criteria for the bonus, as set forth in an employment contract, employee handbook, or another company agreement.
- The employer, without just cause, failed to administer the agreed-upon benefits, or terminated the benefits during the course of employment.
- The employee signed a severance package and the employer failed administer the agreed-upon compensation.
- The employer promised commissions to the employee but failed to pay them out.
OYSTER BAY OFFICIAL CHARGED WITH DEFRAUDING INVESTORS
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Utah and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have charged Oyster Bay, Utah and its former town supervisor John Venditto with defrauding investors in connection with the town’s municipal securities offerings.
According to the SEC’s complaint, Oyster Bay and Venditto allegedly concealed side deals with a businessman close to Venditto that could have had devastating financial impacts to the town’s finances.
Oyster Bay and Venditto allegedly purposefully failed to disclose the fact that Oyster Bay agreed to indirectly guarantee four different private loans totaling more than $20 million for a businessman with close ties to Venditto. The SEC claims that this information could have had a potential impact on the town’s finances and should have been disclosed to the investing public.
One scenario provided in the SEC’s complaint to explain the potential financial impact was the possibility that if one of the $16 million loans went into default, the town would be responsible for the debt which was due and payable within 60 days. This would be a significant strain on the town’s finances because a $16 million debt is equal to 16% of the town’s operating budget.
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Salt Lake City, Utah
|City of Salt Lake City|
“The Crossroads of the West”
|Coordinates: 40°45′39″N 111°53′28″WCoordinates: 40°45′39″N 111°53′28″W|
|Named for||Great Salt Lake|
|• Type||Strong Mayor–council|
|• Mayor||Erin Mendenhall (D)|
|• City||110.81 sq mi (286.99 km2)|
|• Land||110.34 sq mi (285.77 km2)|
|• Water||0.47 sq mi (1.22 km2)|
||4,327 ft (1,288 m)|
|• Rank||122nd in the United States
1st in Utah
|• Density||1,797.52/sq mi (701.84/km2)|
| • Urban
||1,021,243 (US: 42nd)|
| • Metro
||1,257,936 (US: 47th)|
| • CSA
||2,606,548 (US: 22nd)|
|Time zone||UTC−7 (Mountain)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−6|
|Area codes||801, 385|
|GNIS feature ID||1454997|
|Major airport||Salt Lake City International Airport|
|Website||Salt Lake City Government|
Salt Lake City (often shortened to Salt Lake and abbreviated as SLC) is the capital and most populous city of Utah, as well as the seat of Salt Lake County, the most populous county in Utah. With a population of 199,723 in 2020, the city is the core of the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, which had a population of 1,257,936 at the 2020 census. Salt Lake City is further situated within a larger metropolis known as the Salt Lake City–Ogden–Provo Combined Statistical Area, a corridor of contiguous urban and suburban development stretched along a 120-mile (190 km) segment of the Wasatch Front, comprising a population of 2,606,548 (as of 2018 estimates), making it the 22nd largest in the nation. It is also the central core of the larger of only two major urban areas located within the Great Basin (the other being Reno, Nevada).
Salt Lake City was founded July 24, 1847, by early pioneer settlers, led by Brigham Young, who were seeking to escape persecution they had experienced while living farther east. The Mormon pioneers, as they would come to be known, entered a semi-arid valley and immediately began planning and building an extensive irrigation network which could feed the population and foster future growth. Salt Lake City’s street grid system is based on a standard compass grid plan, with the southeast corner of Temple Square (the area containing the Salt Lake Temple in downtown Salt Lake City) serving as the origin of the Salt Lake meridian. Owing to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, the city was originally named Great Salt Lake City. In 1868, the word “Great” was dropped from the city’s name.
Immigration of international members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, mining booms, and the construction of the first transcontinental railroad initially brought economic growth, and the city was nicknamed “The Crossroads of the West”. It was traversed by the Lincoln Highway, the first transcontinental highway, in 1913. Two major cross-country freeways, I-15 and I-80, now intersect in the city. The city also has a belt route, I-215.
Salt Lake City has developed a strong tourist industry based primarily on skiing and outdoor recreation. It hosted the 2002 Winter Olympics. It is known for its politically progressive and diverse culture, which stands at contrast with the rest of the state’s conservative leanings. It is home to a significant LGBT community and hosts the annual Utah Pride Festival. It is the industrial banking center of the United States. Salt Lake City and the surrounding area are also the location of several institutions of higher education including the state’s flagship research school, the University of Utah. Sustained drought in Utah has more recently strained Salt Lake City’s water security and caused the Great Salt Lake level drop to record low levels, and impacting the state’s economy, of which the Wasatch Front area anchored by Salt Lake City constitutes 80%.