Thursday, June 15, 2017
11 a.m. to Noon
Employment Agreements—Who Needs Them? When and How to Use Employment Agreements to Protect Your Business— many businesses have historically considered using employment agreements for their executives only. Yet the converging of the information age with the growing use of contingent workers—as well as the spike in workplace class and collective action litigation—all give rise to business risks that can be addressed through the use of agreements for workers at many levels of an organization. In today's business world, a wide-range of employees and even contingent workers can download proprietary and trade secret information with only a few keystrokes, or file high-stakes class and collective action suits.
Properly drafted employment agreements can be effective tools to protect your business from: (a) the misappropriation of confidential information and trade secrets; (b) court litigation including class and collective action claims; (c) unfair competition; (d) disputes about the ownership of worker-developed intellectual property; and (e) spurious suits to enforce unintended agreements. Agreements with workers such as contractors, consultants, freelancers and staffing company personnel can provide similar protections.
The Pennsylvania Chamber presents top employment law attorney Jonathan Wetchler, Partner, with Duane Morris LLP, to walk you through how you can protect your business by designing employment agreements based upon the type of business you conduct and workforce you engage. He will discuss:
- The agreement provisions that apply to most businesses and why you should consider including them in agreements for a wide range of workers;
- Key provisions for protecting proprietary and trade secret information;
- The contract terms required to preserve your rights under the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 to recover double damages and attorney's fees;
- How to use employment agreements to protect against unfair competition;
- Special provisions for executive, sales and information technology workers;
- How properly-drafted contracts can actually protect against breach of oral contract claims;
- When and how to implement arbitration provisions to avoid court litigation, including class and collective actions; and
- Best practices in executing employment agreements.
Contact the Event Hotline for further information regarding this event: 877 866-8965