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Many employers use and view restrictive covenants as a tool to retain employees, keep ex-employees from competing, and protect trade secrets and confidential information. However, courts often strike-down non-compete agreements and other types of restrictive covenants for a variety of reasons, often expecting non-competes to be limited in duration and geographic scope. But what does geographic scope mean in an industry like transportation? And does restricting where and how your former employees can work really serve your business? Finally, can anything be done to restrict the actions of independent contractors who may come into confidential and valuable business knowledge during the course of their work, even though they aren't employees? Attend this session to:

  • Analyze a survey on the enforceability of various restrictive covenant-type agreements throughout the country, and how they vary by state and region
  • Gain an overview of the fundamental policies behind what seems to be an increasing reluctance to enforce these types of agreements
  • Hear best practices when developing these types of agreements, including different handling for different roles within an organization
  • Learn how to handle being on the "other side" of a restrictive covenant, either as a departing employee or a prospective new employer
  • Learn ways to protect your competitive edge and enforce intellectual property rights with or without an agreement

MEET THE SPEAKERS

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    Elle Slattery

    Associate Attorney
    Taylor Johnson PL

    Elle M. Slattery is a corporate transportation attorney at the boutique transportation law firm of Taylor & Associates in Winter Haven, Florida. She specializes in contract construction and review, mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, and regulatory compliance for companies in all aspects of the transportation field. Elle also advises clients regarding risk management and coverage liability concerning operational standards and asset protection. She particularly enjoys providing clients with structural solutions to existing and potential legal exposures. Prior to her career in transportation, Elle worked as a federal attorney with the United States Department of Commerce. In addition to her professional work, she donates legal time in the fields of voter protection and tribal sovereignty and natural resource development.

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    Elena P. Adang

    Attorney
    Taylor Johnson PL

    Elena P. Adang is an attorney at Taylor & Associates, and admitted in the states of Florida and Texas. In addition to her representation of carriers, shippers, and brokers in transportation disputes and the review and development of transportation contracts, logistics agreements, equipment leases, and independent contractor agreements, Elena largely focuses her practice in the area of employment law.
     
    Prior to joining Taylor & Associates, Elena worked at a Tampa law firm where she represented employees in employment disputes related to discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour issues, and other applicable federal and state statutes in both Florida and Texas. Elena also frequently represented clients in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Fair Employment Practices Agencies mediations.