Grow Your Workforce: Employment Law Solutions

Ensure legal compliance and foster a thriving work environment with experienced legal support.

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Comprehensive Hiring Legal Services

Strategically manage workforce compliance with SPZ Legal. From executive compensation to termination policies, we've got you covered.

Employment Law for Startup Teams

HR Policies and Compliance

Craft a solid foundation for your team with solid employment contracts, executive compensation, and termination policies. We, and our partner firms, ensure your agreements align with legal standards. We also understand that you often want to go well beyond what is minimally required to comply with employment laws and want to incentivize and take care of your valuable workforce - we have ideas on how to do that. 

Common employment topics we cover include:

  • Service agreements for founders, employees, advisors, contractors, and vendors
  • Equity and related compensation including equity incentive plans (aka “Option Pools”), Restricted Stock Agreements (RSAs), Incentive Stock Options (ISOs), nonqualified Stock Options (NSOs), Restricted Stock Units (RSUs), phantom stock, stock appreciation rights, and others
  • Confidentiality and intellectual property assignment agreements
  • Bonus agreements
  • Commission agreements 
  • Executive compensation guidance
  • Deferred compensation
  • Employment policies
  • Termination policies
  • Separation agreements
  • State registrations 
  • Counsel on reductions in force (RIFs)

Representative Matters

We, and our valuable partner firms, routinely advise on standard employment and contractor agreements and policies and have efficient and standardized processes and solutions for cap table management. However, we often go far beyond what is routine. Here are just a few examples:

  • Represented an edtech startup in developing a customized approach to equity compensation to allow employees a longer period of time to exercise stock options after they leave the company, while balancing company needs with a longer and weighted vesting schedule.

  • Represented an impact-focused workforce startup in developing customized phantom stock plan for employees.

  • Represented an AI startup to develop and roll out a management incentive bonus plan for key executives and staff.

  • Represented a SaaS startup to develop sales commission agreements.

Incentivize Your Workforce With Tailored Agreements