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With regard to an employment contract offered to an executive by an employer, there is no maximum length of time that the contact can be agreed by the parties to be in full force and effect. While a contract that exceeds one year in length must be in writing and signed by the parties thereto in order to be enforceable, there is no ceiling on the number of years that the contract will run.
For example, a company may hire an executive and enter into an exclusive contract with that executive for a period of 5 years, or for a period of 50 years, and each contract would be enforceable under the law.
One critical law in CA that needs to be understood is that if an employee hired for a specified term of one year, or longer, and continues to work in the same job after the term expires, the employment contract is presumed to be automatically extend for successive terms of the same length as preceding contract term. So a 3 year contract would presumptively be renewed for another 3 year term. The presumption however is subject to being challenged by evidence to suggest that the parties intended otherwise.
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