Questions?? FOR LAWN CARE OWNERS!!!!

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mr Landscaper, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. Mr Landscaper

    Mr Landscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Okay got a question! I just recently quit working for a guy that i was employed for 2 years now....i decided it was time to branch out and start my own mowing stuff. so yesterday which was friday i had my last check coming and he will only give it to me if i sign a self termination paper...but the paper says in it that i can not work for anyother lawn care comp. within 50 miles of him, or start my own within 50 miles, what cna i do? do i have to sign it/?
  2. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    Well I am no attorney, but I would think he would have had to make you sign that BEFORE you started working for him. Now that you are quitting, no way can he call the shots what you can do.
  3. T.E.

    T.E. LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 799

    He can't hold your check. Turn him into the labor board.
  4. Mr Landscaper

    Mr Landscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Yeah just as I thought, hes not happy but I will not sign it, he better give me my check tomm or I'll be calling someone tomm...hes just mad because he just lost his best worker, the rest of the guys he has are a joke. and to top it all off, IM HIS SON N LAW!
  5. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    thats bs, he can do that but at the start of your work duration to late now
  6. 1MajorTom

    1MajorTom Former Moderator
    Messages: 6,073

    Wow, doesn't sound like a good situation to be in. Wait till he sees you starting your business, seems like that would make for some awkward family gatherings.
  7. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    He can not withhold that check. I am not sure what you mean by a "self termination" paper, but perhaps a letter of resignation IS in order. Your state dept. of labor will be able to help you out on the check thing.
  8. Mr Landscaper

    Mr Landscaper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    Well about a month ago I told him that if things didnt change I was going to quit, so nothing changed, so I gave him a 3 week notice, everything went down hill from there, after I gave him the notice he started treating me like crap. so i held it out and did my 3 weeks, he doesnt know I'm starting my own business....but im sure he aint going to be happy. im not going to take his customers, i wont under cut him

    hes a weird guy!
  9. screensnot

    screensnot LawnSite Member
    from MI
    Messages: 86

    Don't sign anything.

    As someone pointed out, the kind of agreement he is asking you to sign is usually presented to you when you start work, not when you leave.

    A company I used to work for started asking employees to sign a similar agreement. I happened to be out of town at the time they implemented the policy. When I quit, they reminded me of the agreement I signed. I asked them to show me the agreement. The president came to me with an unsigned copy of it, and tried to explain that it was their policy, and it didn't matter if I signed it or not. I laughed at him. He laughed a bit too, when he realized that I knew he was trying to BS me.

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