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employee onboarding and Employment agreements

For start-up and developmental stage companies, securing qualified labor and human resource can be critical to their success.  Conversely, by failing to adhere to local and federal laws and/or best practices, companies can find themselves exposed to huge, unexpected labilities.  Some common pitfalls of employers include failing to adopt policies to protect their trade secrets and intellectual property, misclassifying employees as exempt under Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), misclassifying employees as independent contractors under the Texas Unemployed Compensation Act (TUCA) and drafting unenforceable non-competes or arbitration provisions.  Our attorneys can provide the guidance you need to navigate the complexities of the law in order to grow your business while at the same time protecting your company’s interests.

Our Employment Law practice includes the following services:

  • Recommending and preparing company handbooks and internal HR policies.

  • Providing guidance on human resource matters and best practices.

  • Developing and drafting employer stock ownership plans (ESOPs) and award documents.

  • Drafting employee offer letters, confidentiality agreements and non-competes.

  • Negotiating and drafting employment agreements, secondment agreements, independent contractor agreements and consultant agreements.

  • Auditing existing employment agreements, policies and forms to assess suitability and enforceability.

With prior experience working in the in-house legal department of a large corporation with hundreds of employees, we have figuratively “seen it all” when it comes to employment issues. Our clients benefit from this experience and the perspective it gives us when providing counsel on employment issues and in drafting policies and documents meant to withstand scrutiny.

Recent Representative Matters:

  • Developed and drafted employer stock ownership plan and stock option award documents for early stage company.

  • Negotiated and drafted employment agreement and equity grant agreement for key personnel for software company.

  • Negotiated and drafted employment secondment agreement between US based company and international based company.

  • Managed outside counsel in connection with two separate class-action lawsuit faced by client based on alleged FLSA misclassification.

  • Managed outside counsel in connection with various EEOC claims filed by employees for discrimination.