Effective business people never underestimate the value of their employees and the contributions they make to the success of the company as a whole. However, the relationship between employee and employer is not always harmonious. When no clear definition of the respective rights and privileges of these parties is in place, employers put themselves in a precarious position.
At the Law Office of Ann Halan Brickley, LLC, we help businesses of all sizes in New Canaan, Norwalk, and throughout Connecticut manage their relationships with their employees through clear and comprehensive employment agreements.
A Fairfield County employment law attorney should be careful to tailor each document to the circumstances at hand. General employment agreements for rank-and-file employees may not need to cover as many issues or be as detailed as special employment agreements for management and professional workers.
An experienced lawyer understands how state and federal employment laws, wage and hour regulations and case law affect these various aspects of the employment relationship. Employers throughout Connecticut can rely on us to craft agreements that account for these legal requirements while still protecting their rights, their trade secrets and their businesses.
Without a detailed employment agreement, many of the terms and conditions of employment can be unclear, thus creating fertile grounds for conflict and litigation. Moreover, employees who have access to sensitive information — such as client lists or unique recipes or processes — can use that information as leverage unless the employer takes the steps necessary to secure legal protection. Properly drafted confidentiality agreements and non-compete clauses can assist employers in protecting their vital information after severance and can keep the employer-employee relationship on a more appropriate and even footing.
Establishing clear performance expectations and termination criteria can also help employers avoid allegations of employment discrimination, retaliation and other types of litigation in the future. By thoroughly establishing parameters for the employee-employer relationship and then abiding by those parameters throughout the course of employment, employers can build a defense against allegations of improper motivations or adverse employment actions.
Our team at the Law Office of Ann Halan Brickley, LLC helps businesses throughout Connecticut manage their contractual relations and resolve disputes before they get out of control. Serving clients throughout Fairfield County, including Norwalk, New Canaan, Darien, Wilton, Weston, Westport, Redding, and Ridgefield, our firm offers evening and weekend appointments and ample free parking.
To schedule a consultation, call us today at (203) 599-3600 or contact us online.