How to Advise an Employee on their Employment Contract & Non-Compete



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Course Description

This program was recorded on August 3, 2020

Smart employees want to know what their employment contracts and restrictive covenants mean before they make a job change. Smarter employees want to know what their employment contracts mean before the sign them in the first place. This 90 min. CLE will focus on employee contract review, non competes, how to advise employees on their other legal duties (statutory and common law) rights and restrictions, and how to help employees gracefully move from one job to another without inviting litigation.

Attorney Lauren EllermanLauren Ellerman
Lauren’s practice is focused on Medical Malpractice, Non-Compete litigation and Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect. As co-author of How to Beat Your Virginia Non-Compete, Lauren is dedicated to working on behalf of Virginia employees and business professionals who are starting new ventures in their careers. She has represented clients with cases related to non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, breach of contract, breach of duty of loyalty, and misappropriation of trade secrets. She also represents victims and their families in cases of wrongful death, serious injury and medical malpractice. She has taught and lectured throughout the state advising other attorneys on trial skills, discovery, client services and more. Prior to joining Frith Ellerman & Davis Law Firm, P.C., Lauren worked for Sevila, Saunders, Huddleston & White in Leesburg Virginia where she focused on commercial litigation, criminal law, and domestic law. In 2016, she was named the youngest Medical Malpractice Superlawyer in Virginia by Superlawyers Magazine.

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1.5 General Credits

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  • Reviewing Contracts not yet signed
    • let the employee negotiate (not the lawyer) any changes
    • explaining statutory and common law duties re-stated in contract, and those not re-stated
    • explaining how to keep work and private technology separate
    • explaining whether restrictive covenants are likely binding, and process if they are unreasonable
  • Reviewing contracts already signed (same as above)
  • Why knowing the state law is so important before you advise
  • Important contract terms for employees to understand:
    • Blue Pencil Agreements
    • Arbitration provisions in contract and why they matter to employees
    • Attorneys fees provisions in contracts and why they matter to employees
  • Advising employees who plan to transition within a field and may be skirting the non-compete / restrictive covenant lines
  • How to advise clients so they don’t violate Trade Secret / confidentiality provisions