Professional and Executive Employee Compensation Negotiation

Con­grat­u­la­tions. You have worked hard for many years and finally every­thing has paid off. You have been offered your dream job. Every­thing seems too good to be true except now you are com­mu­ni­cat­ing with your future employer’s team of attor­neys. If you are in this sit­u­a­tion, you may be so appre­cia­tive of your employer’s ini­tial com­pen­sa­tion offer that you over­look the dam­ag­ing fine print. You also may leave valu­able com­pen­sa­tion on the table because you are fear­ful of nego­ti­at­ing. We under­stand the del­i­cacy and tact often required dur­ing exec­u­tive com­pen­sa­tion nega­tions so you do not start off your new employ­ment on a sour note. The employ­ment attor­neys of Rathod | Mohamedb­hai LLC have sub­stan­tial expe­ri­ence in review­ing and nego­ti­at­ing employ­ment, exec­u­tive com­pen­sa­tion, sev­er­ance, non-competition, non-solicitation and trade secret agree­ments. If your employer asks you to sign any of these types of agree­ments, we can help you review and explain the law, terms, and nego­ti­ate a more favor­able total com­pen­sa­tion package.

Employee Rights Lawyers

If you are being offered an exec­u­tive com­pen­sa­tion pack­age, there are likely to be a num­ber of com­plex tax, ERISA and other issues that require review by an employ­ment attor­ney before sign­ing. (Review by tax attor­neys, which we are not, is also rec­om­mended.) The issues that can arise in exec­u­tive com­pen­sa­tion agree­ments include, but are cer­tainly not lim­ited to:

  • Manda­tory bind­ing arbi­tra­tion and waiver of jury trial rights
  • Release of legal claims and rights
  • Restric­tive covenants such as non-competition, non-solicitation, trade secrets and con­fi­den­tial­ity clauses
  • Deferred com­pen­sa­tion and stock options
  • Restricted stock and 401(k) plans
  • Taxes
  • Bonuses and bonus structures
  • Retire­ment ben­e­fits such as med­ical, den­tal, dis­abil­ity and life insurance
  • Expense reim­burse­ments and travel privileges
  • Relo­ca­tion and mov­ing benefits
  • Legal and tax fee reimbursement
  • For-cause ter­mi­na­tion and delin­eated sev­er­ance benefits
  • Change of con­trol provisions

Sev­er­ance Agree­ment Lawyers

Near the end of your employ­ment, you may be asked to sign a sev­er­ance agree­ment that may require giv­ing up many rights in exchange for lit­tle com­pen­sa­tion. Courts have gen­er­ally upheld the enforce­abil­ity of sev­er­ance agree­ments, regard­less of how one-sided they are and even when they are signed under some duress and coer­cion. Employ­ers use sev­er­ance agree­ments as a method to min­i­mize future legal lia­bil­ity when a ter­mi­na­tion is wrong­ful or dis­crim­i­na­tory. Sev­er­ance agree­ments can be incred­i­bly com­plex and are often drafted by your employer’s lawyers for the max­i­mum ben­e­fit of your employer, not you. If sev­er­ance agree­ments are not care­fully reviewed and explained, you may unknow­ingly give up sub­stan­tial rights. You may even be barred from work­ing within the city you live and/or your indus­try for many years.

Con­tact Our Employee Rights Attorneys

Call 303–578-4400 or fill out our online form to con­tact our law firm and dis­cuss your sit­u­a­tion with our expe­ri­enced employ­ment lawyers. We serve clients across Col­orado includ­ing Den­ver, Boul­der, Fort Collins, Col­orado Springs, Long­mont, Grand Junc­tion, and Pueblo, and across Wyoming.