after more than 10 years of employment can my employer make me sign an employment contract?

over 8 years in the same position, hired without a contract, with just a general description of duties given. No training period when job started, learned as I went. Can I be dismissed if i refuse to sign? My employer makes uneeded negative comments, can this harassment be dealt with if it continues in the form of trying to get me to sign a contract which may not be beneficial to me and my continued employment?
after 8 years in the same position with no contract signed EVER my employer who owns 2 retail stores has decided the staff in one is to sign employment contracts but not the other. Both stores are run under one business name. Is this legal and do we have to sign the contracts if they are detrimental to our positions, either financially or in terms of performance of duties?
We do not receive benefits or have training outside of the job site.

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2 Responses to “after more than 10 years of employment can my employer make me sign an employment contract?”

  1. trevor_brown Says:

    Most companies that require a working contract does so to protect their interests first. Do you get any sort of benefits? Paid vacations? Paid training? Contracts are designed to cover these areas and many more.
    Every contract can be negotiated. Examine the contract (as offered) thoroughly, write out any problems you have with it and what you think should be there (counter-offer). Find out why your company wants you to sign a contract now, and not 8 years ago. Maybe they’re going to introduce insurance or benefits for people who sign a contract. If you’re unhappy with the final contract, and the company refuses to make any of your concessions, then maybe you should walk away.
    Can you be fired for not signing? Depends on the contract. If the company you’re working for gets a "sensitive" contract that can only be worked on by people who are under contract, then yes, they can dismiss you for not signing. They would say that there is no work available for people who have not signed a work contract. But to just dismiss you out of hand, no they cannot.
    Contact a labor-based lawyer (some will listen to what you have to say for free) for some legal advice, so you have an idea of what your options are.

  2. arvis3 Says:

    probably. Most states have "at will" employment laws, which mean they can fire you and you can quit at will for any reason.

    If you are getting harassed, you might be able to make a case for that.