• Wednesday, March 10
  • 1:00 ET
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Terms & Agreements: Understanding the Basics of Business Law 

Join employment lawyer Anniken Davenport for this 75-minute course focused on:

  • Employment Contracts

    From NDAs to independent contractors, get guidance on how to form a contract and enforce it.

  • Operating Documents

    Policies and procedures can set clear expectations and save you in court.

  • Hiring, Firing and Severance

    How to start and end employment relationships on good terms.

Don’t get stuck in the fine print

Business operations require a lot of detail that cannot be ignored. From employment contracts to protecting intellectual property, it’s important you have a basic understanding of business law and a solid system for contracts and procedures.

In our newest webinar training session, employment lawyer Anniken Davenport will walk you through which areas of business law matter most to the success of your day-to-day operations and how to create documentation and contracts accordingly.

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Agenda for Terms & Agreements

  • Business structure. Learn what you need to consider when choosing workers. For example, will you be hiring employees or using independent contractors? Or both? What about using temps from an agency? And most importantly – do you know what kind of contract you need for each type of relationship?
  • Employment contracts. Learn all about when and where you can and should use an employment contract – and crucially, when you should not. Discover why it’s never a good idea to delegate complete hiring authority to the manager interviewing – especially the terms of the offer letter.
  • Operating documents. Discover which rules and policies should be in the employee handbook and which should only be in your policy manual.
  • Intellectual property and data protection. Should you have a trade secrets agreement? If so, to whom should it apply? What will it cover? How will you make sure employees protect your data?
  • Noncompete agreements. Which employees should you have sign noncompete agreements? Get tips on how long the agreement should last and what geography they can cover. Plus, learn where they are legal and where they are banned?
  • Written vs. oral contracts. Often, it's not necessary to have a formal, written contract. Other times, it's essential. Know when to use each kind.
  • Hiring, firing and severance. The most dangerous employee is one with nothing to lose. Learn why most employment relationships should begin without a formal contract to retain at-will status but should end with a contract. And that contract should provide something to lose – a severance payment. But there’s more. Special rules apply for older workers. And there are limits to what promises employees can make in exchange for severance.

Interactive Q&A time included

Got a question for the expert? Bring it for the dedicated, live Q&A time.

Anniken Davenport is a noted employment law attorney and the editor of the HR Specialist: Employment Law newsletter series. She has authored several books, including Bullet-Proof Your Employee Handbook and Overtime & Other Tricky Pay Issues, published by HR Specialist. She is the co-author of the upcoming Labor & Employment Law for the 21st Century by Prentice Hall. Anniken has served as a professor at Penn State University, where she taught business law and HR management, and she directed the Legal Studies Program at Wilson College. Her legal career includes representing government units in discrimination and other employment law cases and representing school districts in labor negotiations.

Anniken Davenport
Anniken Davenport Attorney and author
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