Well-drafted employee handbook and policy manuals that are specific to your business help protect you by setting forth clear guidelines for your employees and legal obligations of the employer. Employment contracts should be entered into to protect you and your company’s assets and interests and to ensure that your goals and objectives are being achieved.
It is likewise important that employers enter into well drafted consulting/independent contractor agreements and regularly review their contractual arrangements with independent contractors to identify potential misclassification issues.
Non-competition, Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality agreements attempt to restrict employees and independent contractors from engaging in several types of activities, such as performing the same job responsibilities for a competitor; launching a new business that competes with the employee’s current employer; luring clients away from the employee’s current employer and disclosing proprietary or trade secrets. It is important that your employees and contractors enter into Non-competition, Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality agreements if the person you’re hiring is going to be trusted with proprietary information or may be in position to take customers or clients.