Stein Sperling frequently prepares documents for employers including executive employment and compensation agreements, trade secret and non-competition, non-solicitation or restrictive covenant agreements. Often regulation and enforceability are impacted by differing and changing laws, which need to be considered in drafting or reviewing these and other employment-related agreements.
Our employment law attorneys advise businesses as they create documents and agreements that govern how employment relationships are established, defined and terminated. Written properly, such documents and agreements can protect a business from liability exposure or other threats to the business.
Documentation begins with job descriptions, proper classifications and an employment application that seeks an appropriate breadth and depth of information from job candidates. It continues through the hiring process, as employers frequently ask us to draft offer letters and employment contracts. Such contracts can include executive compensation agreements and confidentiality agreements, as well as restrictive covenants, also known as non-competition and/or non-solicitation agreements. Restrictive covenants in particular provide added protection for businesses and their customers or clients by prohibiting employees wrongly from taking advantage of a business’s customer data, trade secrets or intellectual property. At the end of an employment relationship, having proper termination, separation or severance agreements in place is equally important.