Matters involving employment contracts–which protect executives and others when a company seeks to change direction (or when an employee discovers that a new position or opportunity is not as promised)–demand a uniquely broad and thorough understanding of employment law, as employment agreements touch nearly all corners of the practice area.
In these matters, the details are of the essence, especially for the high-level executive. They involve their medical benefits, other fringe benefits, stock options, employee benefit plans, 401(k)s, bonus arrangements, executive authority, travel obligations, entertainment budgets, car allowances, tax implications, frequent flier mile attribution, life insurance and so on. These figure heavily into the employment relationship.
In the case of executives and salespersons, negotiation and litigation involving non-competition provisions, restrictive covenants and confidentiality agreements can prove crucial. Notably, one of our lawyers–Tom Gardiner–has lectured both prominent businesspeople and fellow lawyers regarding restrictive covenant and non-compete agreements.
Our employment practice encompasses the full diversity of these matters, and our clients are as diverse as our practice. They consist of employers, employees, corporations, limited liability companies, individuals, municipalities, independent contracts and partnerships alike. This wide range of experience and perspectives enables us to analyze our clients’ issues from multiple vantage points.
We we represent clients regarding employment matters in all possible forums: federal and state court, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Department of Labor, the Illinois Human Rights Commission, the Department of Employment Security and beyond.