Employer and Employee Relationships
Elarbee Law is committed to providing superior representation to business owners on a wide range of employment-related matters. Depending on the size and nature of your company, you may have the need for employees. If so, it is essential that you deal with your employees in compliance with all federal and state employment laws and regulations. Failure to take precautions and/or operating outside of state and federal compliance laws can lead to hefty financial losses associated with private lawsuits and government enforcement matters. Elarbee Law will work with you to achieve your company’s goal by shaping our legal representation to suit your company’s day-to-day operation matters that can be impacted by dealing with employees.
Elarbee Law is experienced in drafting human resource policies and procedures and conducting employee training in matters related to sexual harassment, discrimination and other employment and compliance related issues. We will spell out these policies in newer updated employee handbooks and other documents geared towards employees. We are often called upon to evaluate and ultimately revise existing human resource policies and procedures as well as employee-related handbooks. When you hire a new employee or change the terms of an existing worker’s employment, Elarbee Law can assist you in formalizing the new arrangement by drafting an appropriate employment contract that includes all the necessary terms and is appropriate for the specific type of employee, including executives, sales representatives who are receiving commissions-based compensation, and other categories of employees.
Intellectual property is often a concern that involves employees. Elarbee Law can assist you in protecting your business intellectual property and industry standing by drafting appropriate non-disclosure and non-compete agreements. A non-disclosure agreement will prohibit a previous employee from revealing sensitive information about the business with regard to trade secrets or other intellectual property that can threaten a company’s ability to compete. A non-compete agreement, also known as a restrictive covenant, can limit a current or former employee’s ability to compete by laying out specific geographic and time limitations in providing competing services. These agreements are enforceable under Georgia law but must be reasonable in order to be considered valid. Elarbee Law has significant experience in drafting these agreements, litigating these agreement and knowing where all the pitfalls are in order for an agreement to hold up in court.
Whether employees are no longer needed or relieved for another reason, Elarbee Law can assist your business in creating severance agreements and releases that can prevent future lawsuits. The goal is always to reduce the possibility of conflict in the future, although it cannot always be avoided.
Elarbee Law works with established companies, start-ups and closely-held corporations in every industry or field. If you or your business owner need assistance in employment-related matters, contact our Atlanta office today.