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The employee-employer relationship is one of the most powerful parts of any business, big or small. Employment law protects that relationship, and the Vennum Law team is passionate about helping both employers and employees navigate what can be a complex legal world. Whether it's drafting an Independent Contractor agreement for the first member of your team, or creating an Employee Handbook to put your values in print, Vennum Law puts our employment law knowledge to work for your business.
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While employment law covers everything from the hiring process to workplace safety, our legal team knows from experience where employees and businesses tend to struggle. Our exclusive focus on business and employment law allows us to develop deep and comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter, and we put that knowledge to work for you.
Employers use non-compete agreements (also called "noncompetition agreements" or "noncompetes") to protect themselves and their businesses from unfair competition from former employees. While carefully crafted non-competes play a legitimate role in some industries, they can also cause serious problems. North Carolina courts may not enforce a non-compete that restricts more conduct than necessary. If you’ve been asked to sign a non-compete agreement or you’re leaving a company and you’re wondering how to proceed, let us help. Our non-compete lawyers have extensive experience dealing with unfair competition and non-compete agreements, and we can help you understand the law and your options for moving forward.
Close neighbors of the non-compete agreement, non-solicitation agreements are contracts in which employees agree not to reach out to a company’s clients or customers for the benefit of a competitor (or themselves) after leaving employment. North Carolina courts generally look more favorably on non-solicits than on non-competes, but non-solicitation agreements must still meet certain requirements. Employers can't depend on non-solicitation agreements to protect their customer relationships unless the non-solicits are carefully drafted to comply with North Carolina law. Likewise, if you are a departing salesperson or other executive with a non-solicitation provision in your contract, it's important to review it carefully with an experienced employment lawyer so that you understand your rights — and the risks — of taking the next step.
Severance packages are pay and benefits given to employees when they lose their jobs or are “laid off.” The idea behind a severance agreement is to cover employees until they find new work — although the severance negotiations often fall far short of that goal. Even more concerning, departing employees often aren't eligible for severance pay unless they sign a release, waiving their right to file a lawsuit against their employer for claims arising from employment. Sometimes the severance agreement offered by the company falls short in comparison to the value of the claims the company wants the employee to waive. Not all severance packages are negotiable, but many are, and it’s always a good idea to ask. If you have the opportunity to negotiate, get our employment attorneys in your corner right away. We can help you identify legal claims and understand your rights to help you maximize your severance package.
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A solid legal foundation (and an employment attorney on speed dial) are essential to any level of sustained business success. The Vennum Law team is here to get you where you want to be.
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