Employment & Labor Law
Representing Employers and Employees in Plano and Frisco
Albin Roach is an established employment law firm that represents employers and employees in Plano and Frisco, Texas. We handle employment issues at every stage, from contract and compliance to litigation of disputes.
Our goal is to secure the best results possible while doing all we can to save you time, money and stress. Through our risk mitigation approach, we are often able to avoid disputes altogether, and thus save you from costly and lengthy litigation. For this reason, we recommend you retain us to negotiate and draft your contracts. If a dispute does arise, the earlier we are involved, the better.
Drafting and Negotiation of Employment Agreements
A well-drafted employment contract often benefits the business and its employees. A company is able to recruit the best and brightest talent through appealing contractual terms. Likewise, the employee gains job and pay security under the conditions in which she or he negotiated.
Our law firm strategically negotiates and drafts contracts that protect your business or career interests. With substantial experience in employment litigation, our team can quickly identify potential problems and take action at the contractual phase to avoid damaging disputes. However, our firm can also assist you if you have a contract that you already signed but want advice on its meaning, limitations and enforceability.
Independent Contractor Agreements
The independent contractor relationship is different than the traditional employment relationship. Therefore, contracts governing these work affiliations should explicitly address the issues unique to the independent contractor arrangement and include and address the well identified factors courts examine to determine whether the relationship is in fact an independent contractor relationship when it comes to responsibility, compensation, control or liability.
First, our attorneys ensure you remain in compliance with the government regulations that cover independent contractor positions. We then negotiate a contract that protects your business and avoids conflict with the other party. If a dispute arises, we take decisive steps to put you in the best possible position.
A non-compete agreement restricts the types of jobs a worker can pursue during and after leaving his or her current employer. Rumors abound about whether these types of agreements are enforceable or not. Texas case law constantly balances the protection of business investments with the freedom of employees to pursue other career opportunities. To be enforceable, the employer must offer consideration in exchange for the employee’s signature on the agreement and the non-compete must be ancillary to an otherwise enforceable agreement such as a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement. Also, even if the above requirements are met, the clause cannot place unreasonable time, geographic or scope of activity limitations on the employee which are generally defined by case law, but also depend on the specific circumstances which we can help you understand and consider.
If you are a company, our lawyers draft enforceable non-compete agreements that keep your employees from bringing their training and information about your company to your competitors. If you are a worker, we defend your right to make job decisions that support your career advancement.
A non-disclosure agreement bars employees and independent contractors from disclosing confidential and proprietary information, such as recipes, formulae, methods, processes, technology, client lists and other trade secrets.
Our attorneys assist in drafting the essential language that protects your secrets from being revealed to the public or disclosed to a competitor. If a company accuses you of violating a confidentiality agreement, we consider your defenses, such as if data you released was already commonly known or you personally owned the material.
Termination of Employment (Employee/Employer)
Because Texas is an at-will employment state, an employer is permitted to fire its employees without cause. However, there are exceptions to this rule. An employment contract may alter this relationship and only allow termination for specified reasons. Also, public policy may make termination unlawful — for example, firing based upon an employee’s membership in a protected class, harassment of some type or in retaliation for whistle-blowing. Our lawyers determine whether termination was lawful and build a strong legal case in support of your claim.
For Assistance with Your Employment Case, Contact Our Frisco and Plano Employment Law Firm
Albin Roach represents businesses and workers in employment and independent contractor litigation. We also draft contracts as part of a risk management plan that avoids disputes. Call our Frisco and Plano law firm at 214-423-5100 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.