Negotiating and Drafting Solid Agreements
Naples employment contract attorney Jason L. Gunter is a Florida Board certified employment and labor law specialist with almost two decades of experience. Jason works with employers and employees to draft clear contracts that accurately represent the terms of an agreement and solidly protect the rights of his clients. Our firm also delivers comprehensive consultation about contract matters.
Representation and Litigation of Breach of Contract Claims
Drawing on 18 years of trial experience, our lawyer litigates complex employment law claims. These claims are subject to Florida contract law and specific federal and state statutes that govern employment rights. Our firm represents clients in breach of a variety of contract, including:
- Employment contracts
- Nondisclosure agreements
- Non-compete agreements
- Executive contracts
- Severance agreements
- Independent contractor agreements
Consultation on Employment Contracts
An employer in Florida can fire a worker at any time without cause and an employee can quit without notice for any reason. The at-will relationship gives the employer and employee flexibility, but can also create challenges for both: an employee may suddenly lose his or her job, or an employer may lose key personnel without notice. Our firm drafts an agreement that overrides the at-will status by negotiating a contract that covers such matters as:
- Terms of employment
- Time period of employment
- Basis for termination
- Wages and bonuses
- Benefits package
- Severance package
- Moving expenses
An employment contract can help a business recruit the best talent by granting favorable terms to perspective key executives. The contract also protects the employer’s investment in recruitment and training of personnel, as well as trade secrets, intellectual property and other matters to which the employee may be privy.
In addition, the contract gives the employee job security. This contract is especially important if an employee is leaving another job, relocating from another city or making other sacrifices to take on a new role with a company.
Employee Handbook Review and Consultation
An employee handbook is not considered a contract under Florida law. Nonetheless, a well-drafted handbook is crucial for a company to create and maintain. A handbook establishes rules and clarifies expectations about conduct, appearance and work ethics that protect both the business and the workers. Our Naples employment contract attorney helps employers draft thorough employee handbooks that cover such topics as:
- Code of conduct
- Security measures
- Intolerance of harassment
- Use of technology
- Work product
- Leave policies
- Dress code
Contracts that Protect Employers’ Trade Secrets
Trade secrets refer to information not generally known to the public that increases a company’s competitive and economic edge. Trade secrets include such items as client lists, business processes, internal systems, technology, intellectual property and products in R&D. In order to perform their jobs, employees have access to this valuable information, which if disclosed to the public or to a competitor, could harm the business. Non-compete and nondisclosure agreements are commonly used to protect a business from disclosure of trade secrets. However, these contracts cannot be too broad in geographic or subject matter scope and must comply with Florida statutes.
Our firm creates a contract that protects the rights of the employer. We also defend employees against overly broad contracts that severely limit their opportunities for future employment.
Get the Help You Need from An Experienced Naples Employment Contract Attorney
Jason Gunter represents Fort Myers and Naples employers and workers in contract matters. For contract negotiation and drafting, call our firm at 239.334.7017 or contact us online.
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