At The Bell Law Group, PLLC, we represent employees in their negotiations with employers based in New York State. Our law firm tailors the representation we provide to our clients’ needs. We can be brought in at the start of an employment relationship, when the employment agreement is being negotiated. We can also assist with the negotiation of severance agreements so that our clients gain the full value to which they are entitled without inadvertently giving up their rights.
Our firm has negotiated employment and severance agreements for employees in many diverse professions, from physicians entering into a private practice to salesmen joining large corporations, so we have a complete perspective on the best course of action. We use in-depth knowledge of federal and New York State employee law to fully protect our clients’ interests.
Negotiating an employment agreement can be challenging. As a new employee, you probably want to put your best foot forward and represent yourself as a team player, so you may feel pressured to sign the employment agreement as presented. You may worry that by seeking legal counsel you will negatively impact your relationship with your new employer. You may also worry that the job offer will be rescinded or unnecessarily delayed.
You should know that our employment law attorneys take these concerns seriously. Our goal is to protect your interests during negotiation of the employment contract so that you can start your new job with confidence. We are respectful of your relationship with your new employer, so we skillfully and strategically negotiate matters while protecting your best interests.
The truth is that your employment contract can have a significant impact on the course of your career. More than just your salary and your start date, the contact can have serious legal implications. It may contain a noncompete clause that prevents you from working for the employer’s competitors for years. It may contain a nondisclosure agreement that could be the basis of future litigation. It is critical to know your rights.
Severance agreements are usually negotiated at the end of the employment relationship. Employees are offered certain financial or professional incentives. In return, they are asked to waive constitutionally protected or other rights.
Simply: If you sign your employer’s severance agreement, you could be giving up your right to sue your employer for that employer’s actions. If you are not careful, you could be waiving your right to extensive future compensation in return for a small severance package now.
Of course, it can be hard to tell whether you have a valid claim against your employer. That is why it is critical to seek our firm’s counsel before you sign. We can help you make the right choice about your severance agreement.