August 23, 2018
RPJ Partner Deena R. Merlen is the featured expert in the latest Expert Insights series from AltaClaro to discuss the employment life cycle and how companies can shore up their employment and contract practices from the beginning of the process to the end. In general, Ms. Merlen highlights the importance of integrating legal standards and holistic respect for employees at all stages. In this fourth part of the 5-part series, she specifically stresses the need for setting up a contract or other written agreement at the start of each new employment relationship, even and especially when states, such as New York, allow for “at-will” termination in the absence of an agreement stating otherwise. Such agreements may include clauses on intellectual property protection for the company and/or non-compete and restrictive covenants*, among other items.
*For more information about non-competes and restrictive covenants, please see RPJ Partner Larry Brocchini‘s Expert Insights series, “Non-Competes — Drafting for Enforceability in the Internet Age.”