“We have a seasonal business with a large influx of workers during the busy summer period. When layoffs occur, some of these workers claim entitlement to termination and severance pay under the Employment Standards Act. How can we structure our contracts to limit our potential liability?”
“We are excited to be bringing in a new regional sales manager, but with her connections in the industry we are concerned that sometime down the road she may leave us and set up her own shop. How can we protect our future interests?”
Clearly defining the parameters of the employment relationship has become more critical in today’s economy. Our lawyers regularly assist employers in drafting employment contracts that will manage expectations during the period of employment and limit liability in the event of a breakdown in the employment relationship. Where appropriate, employment contracts can also be structured to protect employers from departing employees through the use of non-competition and non-solicitation clauses.
To meet employer’s various business objectives, we also routinely develop executive and incentive compensation packages that are tailored for the class and level of employee being retained (e.g., executive, managerial or professional).