Guardians at the Gate: How to Use Restrictive Covenants to Protect Your Assets

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Recorded On: 01/21/2021

This program is sponsored by Essential StaffCare


Employees are a staffing firm’s most important asset; your staffing firm has an economic interest in retaining the employees it hires. Can you use noncompete or nonsolicitation agreements in your state to incentivize employees to stay with your firm? What new developments around restrictive covenants should employers in your state know about? During this webinar, Fox Rothschild partners Diane Geller and Heather Ries will discuss these topics and answer your questions about employment agreements and other legislative concerns.

During this webinar, attendees will learn

  • How to distinguish between noncompete agreements, nonsolicitation clauses, and confidentiality provisions in employment contracts
  • What staffing firms should put in a noncompete or nonsolicitation agreement
  • What exposure risks a staffing firm may face when it hires a candidate subject to a noncompete or confidentiality agreement with a prior employer


Diane J. Geller, partner, Fox Rothschild
Heather L. Ries, partner, Fox Rothschild

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Diane Geller, Esq.


Fox Rothchild

Diane works with clients in the staffing industry regarding various business issues, including preparing various client and employment agreements, including noncompete, confidentiality, independent contractor and separation agreements, affirmative action plans, employee policy handbooks, and social media policies. She frequently represents management on matters related to the use of independent contractors and reductions in workforce as well as counsels employers on matters related to harassment and discrimination claims.

She handles inquiries from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Justice Department, and Department of Homeland Security and has represented clients before the EEOC, the NLRB, the Human Rights Commissions, and various local arbitration associations.

Heather L. Ries


Fox Rothschild

Heather has been a trusted adviser to a range of clients for nearly two decades. From financial institutions and private money lenders to businesses in the fuel, manufacturing, and staffing industry, Heather has developed a robust practice that clients rely on for creative solutions, practical results, and zealous advocacy when disputes arise. 

A seasoned litigator, Heather has extensive experience in business and bankruptcy-related issues. She frequently represents and defends clients inside and outside of state and federal court disputes, including advising on fiduciary matters, contract disputes, collections, staffing concerns, secured lending, and bank operation litigation. She also represents Chapter 11 debtors, businesses, creditors, institutional lenders, and community banks in areas of corporate restructuring, orderly liquidation, and bankruptcy-related litigation.

Heather also advises clients on a variety of business-related matters including transactions and employment-related issues, which arise as a matter of operations.


Guardians at the Gate: How to Use Restrictive Covenants to Protect Your Assets
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Completion Certificate
1.0 Legal CE Hour credit  |  Certificate available
1.0 Legal CE Hour credit  |  Certificate available