Employment contract lawyer Jules Halpern drafting employment-related contracts and advising on transactions

Our employment contract lawyers can assist your business by:

  • Negotiating and drafting employment agreements, including executive employment agreements, commission agreements, severance agreements, settlement agreements and restrictive covenants (e.g., non-competes, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements).
  • Structuring reductions-in-force (RIF), including analyzing RIF plans and candidates for reduction to minimize potential liability under plant closing and anti-discrimination statutes. Preparing plans to operationalize RIFs and properly communicate with departing and remaining employees.
  • Representing parties involved in mergers and acquisitions, including conducting human resources and employment law reviews of the prospective seller, and advising sellers on avoidance of post-closing liabilities.
Executive Agreements
Agreements between employers and their executive employees are not only complex, but may also trigger interference from employment and contract enforceability laws. It is paramount that these contracts address all issues and explore all contingencies from the outset to avoid later disputes. We excel in recognizing legal issues that may arise when negotiating with executives, including non-compete covenants, confidentiality, protection of intellectual property, stock options, golden parachutes, change in control clauses, and severance agreements.
Commission Agreements
Having a detailed commission agreement for salespeople is very important for our clients, both in terms of legal compliance and avoiding disputes upon termination of employment. In fact, our New York clients are legally required to have agreements that govern the relationship. Our firm prepares comprehensive commission agreements that include the legally required provisions.
Separation Releases
Release agreements can trigger several sensitive legal issues. We work with our clients through the separation process to ensure compliance with laws regarding release of claims, right to representation, notice, and other requirements that cannot be overlooked.
Non-compete Clauses
Employers may require employees, as a condition of employment or separation, to enter into a non-compete agreement. These agreements prevent a departing employee from competing with the employer, subject to agreed spacial and temporal parameters. However, different states and jurisdictions have unique rules on whether these agreements can be enforced against a former employee. Our familiarity with these rules allow us to draft non-compete clauses that maximize protection for our clients without exceeding the boundaries of the law.
Confidentiality Agreements
We often prepare confidentiality agreements related to employees, vendors or independent contractors. When drafted properly, these documents protect employers’ proprietary information from being leaked to the public or to competitors.
Reductions in Force
We counsel clients during workforce reductions to ensure that the procedures fulfill the requirements of state and federal laws, such as the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act and the Older Workers Benefit Protection Act (OWBPA).
Executive Representation
We represent executives in the review and negotiation of their employment and separation agreements.
Human Resource Issues in Mergers and Acquisitions
We counsel clients on issues arising out of mergers and acquisitions to ensure that transactions reflect accurate assessments of employee and executive obligations.

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Vendor and Services Contracts

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