Executive and Employment

The most important resource for most businesses is its people. We help clients establish and implement practices to create a productive relationship and workplace atmosphere for its personnel. Similarly, we assist clients in dealing with the many day-to-day questions that arise when managing a workforce.

Employment Agreements. It often is essential for a business to enter into an employment agreement with a key executive or employee, whether to secure the long-term services of a talented individual or protect proprietary interests by providing for confidentiality, assignment of inventions, non-solicitation and non-competition. We prepare, and assist in the enforcement of, employment agreements of all types.

Employee Handbooks, Manuals and Policies. As businesses grow, it is important to provide for consistent and predictable dealings with employees. Accordingly, most businesses elect to collect and put their policies and practices in one place and in writing. We help in the development and drafting employee handbooks, manuals and policies. Among other things, we assist in seeing that a client’s flexibility be preserved as much as possible and client’s preferences are implemented in a way consistent with applicable laws and regulations.

Executive and Equity Compensation. Businesses continually work to devise compensation systems to reward strong performance and align the interests of owners, managers and employees. We assist clients in the drafting, adoption and operation of such systems, such as restricted stock, phantom stock, stock option, stock appreciation and similar plans.

Discrimination and Harassment. We help employers prevent, investigate and respond to employee complaints of employment harassment or discrimination based on age, citizenship, disability, gender, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion or other prohibited basis.

Leaves, Terminations and Layoffs. Whenever it is necessary for an employee to take a leave of absence, be terminated or be laid off, it can be a sensitive matter for all concerned. We help businesses take such actions in ways that comply with applicable laws and regulations and minimize litigation risks, including through the use of severance and release arrangements.

The attorneys and lawyers of Jeremy A. Gibson & Associates, P.C. are experienced in handling executive and employment matters throughout the United States, including the Chicago, Illinois area.Please see our Experience page or contact us.