Vermont Employment Lawyers

Employment law is a broad field encompassing business organization and planning to prevent disputes from arising between employers and employees and, when disputes cannot be avoided, litigation to obtain the best result we can for our clients.

Over the years, we have represented a variety of businesses as well as individuals in this area, giving us the broad experience to anticipate and assess potential issues and their consequences from many angles.

At the commencement of the employment relationship, we can prepare and review express contracts of employment, including non-competition agreements, non-raid agreements, and confidentiality agreements. We can also draft and review documents such as personnel manuals or employee handbooks, which have been construed by courts in Vermont as creating implied contracts of employment. The goal in this type of work is the clear communication of the terms of employment, and the client’s awareness of what terms are – and are not – likely to be enforced in the event disputes later arise.

At the termination of the employment relationship, our clients are confronted with questions relating to severance pay, releases of claims, reference letters, and the enforceability of agreements such as non-competition agreements.

There are times when, for lack of prior planning or despite the best of it, disputes arise between employers and current or former employees. We have represented, in different cases, employers and employees in forums ranging from United States District Court, to Vermont state courts at the trial and appellate level, to the Vermont Human Rights Commission. Other disputes are resolved without court intervention. In any case, it is critical to consider not only the legal risks and merits of the case, but the employer’s interest in its business, like the employee’s interest in his or her career.

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