Noncompete Agreements, Employment Contracts, Severance Agreements
Employment contracts are extremely important documents. When an employer and employee enter into an employment agreement, that document will control many of the rights and responsibilities between the parties. Employment contracts may contain noncompete clauses; non-solicitation clauses; confidentiality provisions; invention ownership provisions; compensation and bonus clauses; provisions limiting the right to terminate an employee; non-disclosure provisions; stock option grants; buyout clauses; change of ownership provisions; earn-in agreements; and a plethora of other possibilities. Corporate executives, doctors, highly paid employees, salespeople and others quite often have employment agreements with one or more of these provisions. Whether you are an employee or employer, we strongly recommend that you consult a knowledgeable and experienced Austin employment contract lawyer before you enter into an employment agreement. We have been involved with preparing or evaluating hundreds of employment agreements for more than two decades. We represent both employees and employers in the preparation of employment contracts. We also advise employees and employers as to their rights and obligations under employment contracts and diligently represent both employees and employers in lawsuits, arbitrations and mediations when there is a breach of an employment contract that cannot be reasonably resolved. If you would like a successful, experienced and knowledgeable Austin employment contract attorney on your side, contact us.
Noncompete agreements (sometimes called noncompetition agreements, noncompete agreements or no compete agreements) are often used by businesses to prevent former employees from working with a competitor for some time after the employment relationship has ended. Texas law on noncompetes has changed significantly in the past few years. Texas courts have developed specific criteria as to when a noncompete is enforceable and when it is not. If you are an employee who is considering whether to sign a noncompete contract or you are an employer who wants a noncompete agreement in place, we highly recommend that you consult with an experienced and knowledgeable Austin noncompete lawyer before drafting or entering into any such agreement. If you have already executed such an agreement (whether you are an employer or employee) and you are concerned about your rights and options, we also encourage you to speak with a qualified lawyer who practices in this area. We have written, reviewed or evaluated hundreds of noncompete agreements over the past twenty plus years. We have advised employees and employers with respect to these agreements and when disputes over noncompete agreements could not reasonably be resolved, we have tenaciously represented both employees and employers in lawsuits, arbitrations and mediations. If you would like a successful, experienced and knowledgeable Austin noncompete attorney on your side, contact us.
Whether one’s employment with a business is severed voluntarily or involuntarily, it often raises many complex issues for both the employee and the business. Such issues may include concerns about compensation; noncompetition; fringe benefits; indemnification; outplacement services; stock options; confidentiality; communications with others; and numerous other matters. We are called upon by employers and employees to negotiate, draft and review appropriate severance agreements. We advise employees and employers through the severance process, working to optimize our client’s interests and limit litigation risks. If disputes with respect to a termination or severance arise which cannot reasonably be resolved, we diligently represent our clients in trials, arbitrations or mediations. If you would like a successful, experienced and knowledgeable Austin severance agreement lawyer on your side, contact us.