Black's Law Dictionary Definition

Act of employing or state of being employed; that which engages or occupies; that which consumes time or attention; also, an occupation, profession, trade, post, or business.

This word does not necessarily import an engagement or rendering services for another. A person may as well be “employed” about his own business as in the transaction of the same for a principal. State v. Canton, 43 Mo. 51.

See also: Employment Contracts, Employee Benefits


The act of being employed brings on a whole new world of legal terms. Although the act of employment brings benefits, money, and security; employment can bring a hassle of problems into your life. Especially if you are being taken advantage of.

There are two common aspects of employment which employers can take advantage of an employee: benefits and contracts.


Employee benefits are given to employees to secure certain security of having employees stay at their place of work longer. Benefits can be medical (i.e. dental insurance, health insurance, vision plans, or prescription help), retirement plans (401[k] or 403[b]), or any other form of agreement that was not offered before the time of employment. There are many different forms of benefits, which vary from workplace to workplace. Each workplace may have different prerequisites per benefit.

Who is Entitled?

Each workplace has the right to offer differing benefits. According to the Small Businesses Administration, "Examples of required benefits include social security and workers' compensation, while optional benefits include health care insurance coverage and retirement benefits. Both required and optional benefits have legal and tax implications for the employer." To see a more detailed description of employee benefits, please visit www.sba.gov.


Employment contracts are very important in a legal standpoint. There are many forms of contracts that can take place. The most basic understanding of an employment contract is the employer recognizing the hiring and paying of a new employee. There can be many different statements in the contract to promise an employee something and vice versa the employee promising the employer to honestly work.

Has your contract been breached by your employer? Have you had an injury at work, but your employer refuses to pay the medical bills? There can be many examples of different breaches in a contract, which may be due to a miscommunication between an employer and employee. A lot of the time there is just a misunderstanding of the contract. David Whipple can help you and your employer understand what your contract stated.


If you feel you have been wronged by your employer of employee benefits, please give David a call. Whether you have had an issue with worker's compensation or lack of payment to a 401(k), David Whipple can help. Give him a call for a free 30-minute consultation. You can also send a message.

The material provided is intended for informational purposes only. It is not to be considered legal advice and not to be construed as legal representation.