Running a business comes with its own set of challenges, particularly as your business grows. At J&J Legal, our goal is to provide the solve and help your business avoid expensive hiring mistakes and comply with fundamental state and federal laws. From hiring to firing, J&J Legal can prepare essential legal documents for all aspects of the employer-employee relationship tailored to meet the specific needs of your enterprise. If you are negotiating an employment contract, which will alter Florida’s employment at will doctrine, we can help ensure your interests and assets are protected.
Employee Handbooks and Policies & Procedures
J&J Legal can assist new and established businesses by preparing employee handbooks and creating policies and procedures that define the scope of the employer-employee relationship, set expectations, and outline grounds for termination. Startups can turn to J&J Legal to draft a variety of workplace policies—anti-harassment, smoking, internet and e-mail, employee dress code, equal opportunity employment, workplace safety, etc. We can also provide assistance with background screening and help you implement a drug-free workplace under the Drug-Free Workplace Act.
Nondisclosure and/or Confidentiality Agreements
J&J legal is dedicated to protecting your assets. This means drafting nondisclosure and/or confidentiality agreements to ensure your invaluable product information, sales tactics, client data, client lists, and other important business secrets and proprietary information does not reach the eyes, ears, or hands of your competitors. We will work with your business to draft a stand-alone non-disclosure agreement or incorporate a non-disclosure or confidentiality provision into a non-compete agreement.
If you are concerned about an employee directly or indirectly competing with your business—either during or after their employment—turn to the experienced attorneys at J&J Legal to draft a non-compete agreement that complies with Florida’s non-compete statute, Fla. Stat. § 542.335. To be enforceable, the law requires a non-compete agreement to be supported by a “legitimate business interest.” Additionally, geographic restrictions must be reasonable and the restrictions should not last more than two years. While § 542.335 presumes a restriction of six months or less to be reasonable and a restriction over two years unreasonable, there is no bright-line rule for restrictions with a duration of over six months but less than two years. Our attorneys can work with you to prepare a non-compete agreement that fits your industry and advances one of the recognized business interests proscribed by statute.
Although Florida is an at-will employment state and employees can be terminated with or without cause and generally without notice, federal employment laws require employers to provide a termination notice if a large number of employees will be terminated. A minimum of sixty (60) days’ written notice is required if you are terminating fifty (50) or more employees at one location or one-third of full-time employees. Employers must also comply with anti-discrimination laws and last paycheck laws when terminating employees. J&J Legal can provide guidance regarding termination procedures, including advising employees of their rights and obligations under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (“COBRA”), Florida’s Health Insurance Coverage Continuation Act, and termination pay. COBRA requires employers with twenty (20) or more employees to continued health care coverage, under employers’ group plans, to employees experiencing qualifying events that would otherwise result in a loss of coverage. Florida’s Continuation Coverage Law, Fla. Stat. § 627.6692, applies to employers with fewer than 20 employees and allows eligible employees to elect continued coverage for up to 18 months, in most cases.
Contact J&J Legal today to discuss the employment contract needs of your business. We are dedicated to providing the solve and protecting your assets, throughout the life cycle of your business.