Agreements to Protect and Grow Your Business
The utility of contracts goes far beyond outlining the terms and conditions of employment.
Well-drafted contracts can be used to protect trade secrets, confidential information, and client relationships. They can prevent solicitation of current employees and prevent unfair competition by former employees. Also, they can be used to enhance an employer’s capabilities and capacity to service its customers. And, they can block employees from suing in court.
Conversely, contracts that are not drafted by experienced employment counsel may be ineffective. There is also a risk that poorly-drafted contracts may actually create exposure for the employer.
However, when done right, the strategic use of contracts plays a significant role in proactively reducing employers’ legal exposure while protecting and furthering their business objectives.
- Employment Agreements, including offer letters and executive agreements;
- Independent Contractor Agreements, to work with freelancers while minimizing the risk of liability for, among other things, overtime compensation, unemployment insurance contributions, payroll taxes, and workers’ compensation penalties;
- Non-Competition Agreements, to restrict employees from working for certain competitors;
- Non-Solicitation Agreements, to prevent employees from stealing key employees and customers;
- Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreements, to protect the employer’s trade secrets and other sensitive business information;
- Arbitration Agreements, to block current and former employees from suing in court, and requiring them to resolve most legal claims through a more confidential, generally quicker and, therefore, less expensive private process;
- Separation and Severance Agreements, to prevent departing employees from bringing legal claims in court.