General Employment Counseling

Contact the Childress Firm to discuss day-to-day issues that arise in your workplace such as sick leave requests, reasonable accommodations, employee complaints, performance improvement plans, background checks, drug testing of employees, and other routine issues that your workplace is facing.   The Childress Firm provides advice to MD, VA, and MD employers to help mitigate the risk of employment-related litigation.

Handbook Review/Creation

Employment laws are rapidly changing.  As federal, state, and local laws develop which broaden the legal protections to which employees are entitled, it is critical that employers’ workplace policies are up to date and compliant with all applicable laws.  In addition to creating new handbooks for employers that do not have employee handbooks already in place, the Childress Firm also conducts reviews of existing employment policies and employee handbooks for legal compliance to help employers minimize their risk of liability.

Employment Agreements

Understanding the employment relationship is critical for both employers and employees.  If you are contemplating starting beginning an employment relationship, contact the Childress Firm to draft your employment agreement.

Termination Agreements

Terminating the employment relationship between an employee and the employer can be one of the riskiest decisions that an employer can make.  The Childress Firm will draft termination agreements with the aim of limiting the risk of liability for the employer after the employment relationship ends.

Social Media and Computer Use Policies

In today’s workplace, social medial and computer use policies are essential to running an effective organization.  However, such policies can also create legal risks for employers.  These policies must be drafted in a manner that does not unlawfully limit the activity or speech in which employees are permitted to engage while at work.  The Childress Firm will draft your organization’s social media policies with a critical eye towards compliance with state, federal, and local laws.

Non-Discrimination, Anti-Harassment, and Non-Retaliation Policies

Workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims cost employers millions of dollars to defend each year.  The Childress Firm will draft your organization’s policies to help mitigate the risk of litigation.

Trainings for Managers and Employees

Proper training on discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other employment laws can provide essential defenses if your organization is ever charged with violating these laws.  The Childress firm offers online and on-site training to train employees and managers about compliance with applicable state, federal, and local laws in a variety of employment matters facing your employees and managers.  Contact the Childress Firm to schedule an on-site or online webinar training.

Diversity Consulting

Organizations must recruit and retain diverse talent to remain competitive in today’s marketplace.  The Childress Firm will consult with your organization on best diversity practices.

Non-Disclosure Agreements

Protecting your company’s confidential information is a must in today’s increasingly data-sharing society.  Contact the Childress Firm to review or prepare your non-disclosure agreements to ensure that they are drafted in a manner that provides the most protection for your organization’s propriety information.

Consultant Agreements

Is your company using consultants?  Ensure that your organization has agreements in place to properly outline the relationship between your organization and your consultants