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Hiring Your Team: Defining The Terms And Conditions Of Employment

If you have selected a candidate for employment, you can reduce legal risks by clearly defining the terms and conditions of employment in an offer letter. Below are some tips for drafting an effective offer letter. What...more

Practical Advice for the Business Owner - Avoiding common mistakes when making incentive compensation grants to employees

Incentive compensation (e.g., stock options, restricted stock, bonus plans, phantom stock, stock appreciation rights, etc.) can be a very useful tool for aligning the incentives of employees and shareholders, as well as a...more

Innocents Abroad: Sending Employees Into Harm’s Way – A Word About Offer Letters – Part II

Ned: As promised, I am following up on my email from last week regarding some additional resources for employees working abroad. The offer/assignment letter is a great place to specifically outline additional resources...more

Innocents Abroad: Sending Employees Into Harm’s Way – A Word About Offer Letters

Although I’ve been writing offer and assignment letters for more than 15 years, I’m curious as to what are today’s best practices for preparing these documents as our company extends its global reach. Specifically, what are...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Requires Production of ESI in Response to Books and Records Demand… With an Interesting Caveat

In Amalgamated Bank v. Yahoo! Inc., C.A. 10774-VCL (Del Ch. Feb. 2, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery has issued a comprehensive opinion touching are nearly every aspect of a shareholder demand for books and records...more

At Will? What’s That?

Did you know that employees in most countries outside the United States have a contractual right to continued employment, whether or not they have written contract? If an employer does not provide an employee with a written...more

New York Court Finds That Plaintiff Who Never Worked a Day For Company Is Not Entitled To A $350,000 Performance Bonus

On January 20, 2015, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a decision plainly reminding employers of the importance of precisely drafting employment documents. In the case of In re...more

HR Letter Had Contractual Effect

In Hershaw v Sheffield City Council UKEAT/0033/14/BA, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) considered whether a grievance outcome letter from an HR consultant setting out better terms of pay for the aggrieved employees was...more

Drafting Offer Letters: Keys To Simple And Effective Employment Agreements

Hiring high quality employees is one of the keys to your company’s growth. As you hire, you will be wise to have in place clear comprehensive offer letters for all of your employees. For those in the U.S., many offer...more

Top Tips for Successful Recruitment

Recent surveys have shown that companies of all sizes are optimistic about their ability to expand and create jobs in 2014. With business confidence said to be at its highest since 1994, now is a good time for employers to...more

Is an Offer Letter the Whole Show or Just a Preview of Coming Attractions?

If an employer has the foresight to address all meaningful terms of the employment relationship in offer letters to candidates, the employer may be satisfied to rely on those offer letters as binding contracts. But most of...more

From the Archives: Offer Letters in Connecticut

As I take a few days off, here’s a post from WAY back in 2009 about offer letters that you may have missed. With employers doing more hiring in 2013, it takes on added relevance....more

6 Tips for Drafting Offer Letters

Just as in romance, employer-employee relationships often are at their best in the courting stage. During the after-glow of an initial hire, many employers wish to make new employees feel welcome by sending confirmatory...more

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