The United States is well-known for its unique “at-will” employment agreement system, allowing the employee and the employer to terminate the relationship with or without cause or notice. This leads many foreign entrepreneurs to assume that U.S. employment laws are simple and easy to comply with. This is far from the truth. Complying with U.S. employment laws can be extremely challenging. There are applicable laws protecting employees at the federal, state and even municipal levels. Moreover, low unemployment benefits and a weak social net encourage many disgruntled employees to file complaints against their employers or report their employers to the authorities. Discrimination claims and claims alleging failure to comply with employee classification and overtime rules are extremely common. In order to minimize your exposure to governmental penalties and civil law suits, it is important that you know your obligations as an employer, put in place processes and document your compliance. We can help you manage your workforce in compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
Another aspect of the employer-employee relationship that is sometimes neglected by employers is the protection of their intellectual property, confidential information and customer base. Unless you have your employees sign agreements to that effect, their inventions are not automatically owned by your company, and they are free to share your information and solicit your customers once they leave. We can discuss with you and draft the type of agreements and policies that protect your intellectual property, customer base, confidential information and goodwill.
- Assistance in the Hiring and Termination Process
- Employment Agreements
- Severance and Release Agreements
- Assignment of Inventions Agreements
- Non-Solicit/Non-Competition Agreements
- Employee Handbooks