Employment & Employee Benefits

Brody Wilkinson’s Business Group provides legal counsel and representation to employers and executive-level employees on virtually every aspect of employment law.

We provide a broad range of advice and services to employers regarding compliance with state and federal laws, the hiring and discharge of employees, employment agreements, including non-compete and confidentiality agreements, personnel policies and severance agreements. In addition, we represent employers before the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO), Connecticut Department of Labor, including its Connecticut Unemployment Compensation Division, the Federal Department of Labor, as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings. When representing employers, we strive for practical solutions that minimize liability for our clients. Often times, we work with clients proactively to avoid common issues that arise.

Our practice also includes representing executive-level employees in connection with employment agreements, non-compete and confidentiality, severance agreements and employee benefits. In addition, we represent these employees in administrative proceedings and litigation, if necessary, with the goal of protecting and enforcing the rights of clients.

While counseling clients in employment matters, we draw not only upon our in-depth business experience but also the firm’s dispute resolution practice to provide value and representation in this growing area of law. Attorneys in the Business Group regularly advise clients on matters related to:

• Anti-discrimination laws

• Consulting agreements

• Employee benefits

• Employee handbooks & personnel policies

• Employee relations

• Employment agreements

• Incentive compensation plans (including phantom stock, deferred compensation & stock bonus plans)

• Non-compete agreements

• Severance agreements

• Unemployment compensation

• Wage & hour classifications, compliance & disputes

• Workers’ compensation

• Wrongful termination

Representative matters include:

Representation of a medical practice in settling employment discrimination claims before the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Representation of an executive in mediation relating to a dispute over the terms of a non-compete and non-disclosure agreement.

Representation of an employer in connection with the discipline of an employee with a substance abuse problem.

Representation of a large corporate client in drafting personnel policies.

Representation of a financial industry executive in connection with a severance agreement.

Representation of a company in connection with an action against a former employee who was soliciting the company’s customers for a competing business.





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