Employees and LinkedIn Accounts

Many of my firm’s clients have LinkedIn accounts.   Some started using this social media site on their own and some were encouraged (even required) to open an account by their employers.  Regardless of the reason, a LinkedIn account can bring you business and help you network within your trade or industry. However, the big question these…[Read More]

Why Virginia Courts will not re-draft your contract to be reasonable

Virginia is a wonderful place. It is for lovers. It has mountains and oceans and delightful seasons. We have both urban and rural, crowded and vast spaces. It is a Commonwealth, and when I read a contract that states Virginia is a State (and doesn’t reference the fact it is a Commonwealth) I presume the…[Read More]

LinkedIn and Non-Competition Agreements

Most business folks know about LinkedIn.  A social networking site designed for business and professional communities. The goal of the site is to allow members to establish and document networks of professionals they know and trust.  Many companies want their employees to have a presence on LinkedIn, which can lead to more business (read “sales and income”) to the employer….[Read More]

Amazon does the right thing with non-competes

Kudo’s to Amazon (but they had to be shamed into it).  Business Insider reports that Amazon, which employs over 88,000 workers world-wide, plans to remove “non-compete” clauses from its employment contracts for US workers paid by the hour.  By signing the non-compete agreement, workers pledged not to:   …engage in or support the development, manufacture, marketing, or…[Read More]

Noncompete agreements for governmental contractors – what those big legal words actually mean!

Over the last nine years, we have represented hundreds (yes, I think I can say that fairly) of individuals that serve as a contractor to some governmental agency. No, they are no employees of DOD, or DHS, or the FDA, they are hired by third parties to staff projects, or work for these agencies. And,…[Read More]