Corporate HR Agreements

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Corporate HR Agreements

Agreements to Protect You and Your Employees

Employment law is full of complexity. Our attorneys are well-versed in employment law, and we’re ready to look out for your best interests. We can address your needs for a variety of HR agreements designed to protect you from legal action.

These agreements include:

  • Confidentiality Agreement
  • Deferred Compensation Agreement
  • Employment Agreement
  • Non-Compete Agreement
  • Severance Agreement
  • Tuition Repayment Contracts


Our employment attorneys understand all the nuances involved in drafting a confidentiality agreement. If you need to create a contract, we’ll guide you through the complicated legal process and help you to protect your company’s rights.

If someone has broken your company’s confidentiality agreement, we will work with you to resolve the issue, including recovering financial losses. Our team will also help you strategize to prevent future possible breaches.

Companies use deferred compensation plans for a variety of reasons and goals:

  • Deferring taxes
  • Attracting and keeping high-level management
  • Helping employees save taxes
  • Rewarding loyalty
  • Supplementing retirement plans

Whatever your need, our attorneys will guide the development of your deferred compensation plan. We offer assistance with both qualified plans, regulated by the Employment Retirement Income and Security Act (ERISA) and nonqualified plans.

Our attorneys draft employment agreements designed to protect you and your employees. These agreements describe the terms and conditions of your relationship including:

  • Rate and frequency of pay
  • Expected hours
  • Employment benefits like medical or life insurance, sick leave, and time off
  • Termination, nondisclosure, non-compete, or dispute resolution clauses

We’ll look out for your best interests by creating and negotiating fair agreements in compliance with all laws and regulations.

Non-compete agreements protect your business by restricting competition from former employees who leave to work for someone else in your sector. These agreements legally prevent your former employees from sharing specific information with your competitors.

Our attorneys can make sure that a non-compete agreement meets the requisite enforceable requirements. It should:

  • Protect a legitimate competitive interest/ property of your company
  • Cover a reasonable geographical area
  • Stay within a reasonable time period (often between six months and two years)

It’s a challenge, sometimes, to create a balanced agreement that’s strict enough to protect your interests and reasonable enough for the court to enforce. We can develop a non-compete agreement that isn’t too broad and that includes reasonable terms to protect your best interests.

Companies use severance agreements to manage risk. And while Pennsylvania and federal law don’t require employers to provide severance pay, these agreements serve an important function:

  • They can soften the financial impact of a layoff
  • They can ward off potential future lawsuits by asking employees to sign a release in exchange for the package
  • They offer an opportunity for you and your employees to discuss and negotiate other issues like unemployment, benefits/ COBRA, outplacement services, letters of recommendation, and non-compete agreements

Talk to our attorneys about whether it’s in your best interest to draft a severance agreement. We’ll draft an agreement that offers effective protections for your business.

The value of a good education and solid training is priceless and yields many dividends. Companies offer tuition reimbursement programs to reduce their tax burdens and shrink turnover.

Tuition assistance can run up operating costs quite significantly. If your employee leaves, it may be possible to recoup those out-of-pocket costs. Our attorneys can offer you some security in your investment by drafting a tuition assistance agreement. Generally, this document details the specifics of:

  • The tuition amount you’ll cover
  • The employee’s obligation to the educational or training program
    The length of time an employee must continue in your service before voluntarily taking a job elsewhere
  • Details about how you may recover some expenses should an employee leave before the end of the agreed-on term

A tuition reimbursement program includes many different logistics. We’ll write a formal contract that protects your company from misunderstanding — and possible liability — while specifying the requirements for your workforce to follow.

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