Corporate and Business Law: Employment
LOSGS has extensive experience working with employers from small startups to Fortune 500 companies to develop and implement human resources management strategies. It counsels clients and provides training on all issues arising out of the employer-employee relationship; and provides trial counsel when it is necessary to enforce and/or defend its clients’ rights through mediation, arbitration, and/or litigation.
Effective employment practices begin before an employer hires an employee. After all, it may be that an employer does not need an employee at all because it would be more effective to lease services, ally with a strategic partner, or retain a consultant/independent contractor. LOSGS helps its clients determine the best way to structure and document their relationships with people or entities that will do work for them through practical legal advice and thorough legal services with regard to:
- Hiring Processes
- Independent Contractor Agreements
- Employment Contracts
- Executive and Employee Incentive Based Compensation
- Contingent Workforces
- Protecting Proprietary Information
- Use of Arbitration and other Alternative Dispute Resolution
Implemention of effective workplace policies and effective supervisory training are critical to reducing an employer’s risk of liability for employee conduct. LOSGS works with its clients to tailor written policies and customize training programs that meet each client’s specific needs in the following areas:
- Hiring, disciplining, and firing of employees
- Leaves under the FMLA, ADA and various State laws
- Creation, implementation and maintenance of employee handbooks
- Sexual harassment policies
- Affirmative action plans
- Drug and alcohol testing policies
- State and Federal wage and hour regulations
Protecting Intellectual Property and Trade Secrets
Proprietary business information and goodwill are the essential assets of most companies. LOSGS works with clients to ensure that these assets are protected by using a three-step process.
- Identify trade secrets and implement internal security procedures to protect those trade secrets.
- Design Confidentiality, Non-compete, Non-solicitation, and/or Invention-assignment agreements appropriate for the specific industry and geographic location of the client.
- Enforce restrictive covenants and defend against unfair business competition and other improper conduct designed to misappropriate proprietary information and goodwill.
As markets evolve, corporate restructuring is often an integral part of many business and strategic plans. LOSGS helps its clients reduce the risk of discrimination claims, challenges to benefit plans, unfair competition from former employees, and other unexpected claims and costs arising out of changes to employment relationships that occur through:
- Rapid Growth
- Mergers and Acquisitions
- Corporate restructuring
- Reductions in force
- Transition and separation agreements
Defending and Prosecuting Employment-Related Litigation
LOSGS has extensive experience representing clients in litigation in state court, federal court, and various arbitration forums with regard to employment related claims, such as:
- Discrimination and Reprisal
- Wrongful termination
- Officer and director liability
- Minority shareholder
- Breach of non-compete/non-solicitation/non-disclosure agreements
- Misappropriation of trade secrets