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As a member of IR Global's exclusive network of international lawyers, our firm provides counsel with the experience and connections to defend businesses worldwide. Both the global economic environment and United States labor laws continuously change. We advise how to navigate the regulatory environment and keep your business compliant with federal, state, and local laws.

Representative Experience

  • Advised Spanish company on labor and OSHA regulatory compliance while performing subcontract work in Washington, D.C.

  • Drafted U.S. employment agreement for Israeli company.

  • Advised UK retailer on reduction-in-force severance agreements and discrimination claims arising in U.S. stores.

  • Drafted executive agreements for foreign nationals working in the U.S.

  • Acted as an adviser to Japanese government researchers studying U.S. regulations concerning hazard communication and material safety data sheets.

  • Represented Brazilian, US-based refinery in relation to OSHA compliance.

  • Advised multinational chemical company to address potential US compliance issues based on conflicts between the U.S. and EU regulations.

Global Restrictive Covenants

Every company has proprietary information, customer goodwill, and other valuable assets that are both integral and invaluable to its success. Limiting employee use of this information and protecting goodwill after the term of their employment contract can be vital to the protection of a market position. An accepted method of providing this protection is to include restrictive covenants in employment contracts, which are designed to prevent certain information being used by competitors, while providing for damages should those agreements be breached.

For companies with operations in multiple jurisdictions, understanding the use of restrictive covenants with your employees is of critical importance. It also is important to acknowledge that restrictive covenants only will be enforceable if they are deemed to be reasonable in terms of their scope and fair terms upon the employee.

In this feature article, we discuss valuable insight into how these protections are applied across a range of jurisdictions, and assess the enforceability of contracts containing restrictive covenants, options in the event of a breach of covenant, and best practices to avoid any potential problems before they occur.

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