Employment Blog

Category: Executive Advocacy

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Offer Letter vs. Employment Agreement: Does it Matter?

04/05/2021   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky

Are the terms of an offer letter enforceable? If the offer is accepted, the answer is usually a resounding “yes,”... Read More »

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Brian J. MacDonough published in Society of Human Resource Management on navigating international employment relationships

08/20/2020   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

Brian J. MacDonough, chair of the Employment Department, was published in Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) on August 19,... Read More »

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International Executives: Cross-Border Employment Considerations and Traps for the Unwary

06/18/2020   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough

In today’s global economy, executives are increasingly called upon to navigate the opportunities and challenges of conducting business around the... Read More »

The CARES Act and Your Compensation: What Every Executive Should Know

04/17/2020   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky

Signed into law on March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) provides access... Read More »

First, take a deep breath: Advice from Brian J. MacDonough on how executives can protect themselves during trying times

04/13/2020   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

During trying times, now more than most, executives can expect their decisions and actions to be closely scrutinized, sometimes fairly... Read More »

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David I. Brody and Jaclyn L. McNeely published in CEO Today article on circumstantial evidence

10/23/2019   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

David I. Brody and Jaclyn L. McNeely, associates in the firm's Employment Department, were recently published in the October issue... Read More »

Brian J. MacDonough and Jaclyn L. McNeely published in MarketWatch on protecting your career

08/27/2019   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough

Brian J. MacDonough, co-chair of the firm's Employment Department, and Jaclyn L. McNeeley, associate, were published in a MarketWatch article... Read More »

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The Embattled Executive: Strategies for Protecting Compensation and Careers

06/18/2019   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough

In the not so distant past, it was not uncommon for successful executives and professionals to spend decades, if not... Read More »

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Severance: Practical Guidance for the Departing Executive

11/19/2018   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky

With rare exceptions, employment relationships are not permanent. Indeed, in many cases, executives and professionals should not expect guaranteed employment... Read More »

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There is No Such Thing as “Boilerplate”: Protecting Equity and Deferred Compensation

04/20/2018   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky

Typically, an executive separating from employment is asked to sign a severance agreement in exchange for severance.  Severance agreements may... Read More »

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Protecting Executive Compensation: Unvested Equity and the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

09/13/2017   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky

Executive compensation comes in many forms.  Aside from the basics—salary, bonuses, and fringe benefits— deferred and equity compensation often constitute... Read More »

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Termination for Cause, Office Romance and Unexpected Forgiveness in the Courts

06/27/2017   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky

Consider the following: A male executive has a long-term, clandestine affair with a young female subordinate.  The executive takes steps... Read More »