Experienced Employment Law Guidance
Employers face many challenges in the marketplace, including employment agreements, wage and hour laws, employee discipline, protection of confidential information, and non-compete agreements. These can be highly technical issues that pose a challenge to running your business successfully. Shannon Norris works with employers to carefully navigate the range of employment law issues they may encounter.
The Employment Relationship
Employment law includes a broad spectrum of Texas and federal laws that govern the employer-employee relationship. These rules affect a wide array of issues, including:
- Employment agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and non-compete agreements
- Protecting confidential or proprietary information, including intellectual property and trade secrets
- Drafting effective employment policies
- Litigation involving allegations of discrimination
- Litigation avoidance
- Exempt employee classifications
- Independent contractors
- FMLA and ADA compliance
Computer Forensics And Investigations
Shannon Norris has substantial experience with computer forensics and digital investigations in the employment context, and he is a Certified Fraud Examiner by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
Trade secrets and confidential and propriety information of businesses are often at risk from employee misappropriation. Mr. Norris has investigated numerous cases where employees have left a business after wrongfully appropriating confidential material. These cases require a meticulous investigation to obtain a successful resolution.
Employers may also encounter situations where employees allege sexual harassment or discrimination. Mr. Norris can provide advice on best investigation practices, including the use computer forensics, to help investigate potential claims.
Minimizing The Risk For Employers
Shannon Norris has more than 25 years of experience working with employers of all sizes on these issues. While the variety and complexity of employment defense and law issues may seem overwhelming, they can be successfully managed.
Mr. Norris has given numerous presentations to human relations departments to help them maintain compliance and avoid disputes or litigation. He advises and assists employers with the creation of comprehensive employment policies and employment agreements. By correctly setting expectations and following through with those policies, employers are often able to prevent these issues from developing into disputes or litigation.
When litigation is unavoidable, Mr. Norris also has substantial experience handling employment litigation, from discovery to trial. He understands the challenges and risks involved in litigation, examining your circumstance and explaining the law as it likely will apply, and then develops options to mitigate the risk while minimizing the expense of litigation.