It is quite common for clients and prospective clients to want you to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). If you’re discussing a joint venture or other business arrangement with another company, they may request the same. Most NDA’s are fairly similar, but it is important to ensure that the provisions are mutual so that you
If your agency has more than one owner, you should have an agency partnership agreement. In addition to (or as part of) that document, you should also have a buy-sell agreement that specifies how partners can sell or otherwise dispose of their equity in the business. Having such a document in place from the beginning
If your agency is owned by more than one individual, you should have a comprehensive partnership agreement that outlines how decisions are made, what decisions require a full partnership vote, and how to handle conflicts, changes, and other potential challenges. A Limited Liability Company is a common business structure for a PR or marketing agency,
Most agencies conduct periodic assessments of employee performance. Many individuals find these to be a helpful annual experience. In addition to clearly communicating with the employee in a 1-on-1 meeting, the employee’s supervisor should provide a written assessment for the employee’s human resources file. There are many different approaches to conducting performance reviews — and
It is generally a good idea to have employees sign a confidentiality agreement when they’re first hired. Some businesses go a step further and have an Employee Covenants agreement that includes other provisions. This sample document includes confidentiality provisions, as well as a section on intellectual property ownership and how to handle documents upon termination
Agencies should have every employee sign a confidentiality agreement. It helps protect the agency’s own business, as well as information shared with the agency by its clients. This is something that should be signed along with other intake paperwork on an employee’s first day.
If an employee resigns voluntarily, you should ask them to document that fact in writing with a simple resignation letter. If you’re terminating an employee, whether as part of a layoff, for cause, or simply because the relationship was no longer working out, you should attempt to get the departing employee to sign a separation
An important part of the hiring process is to provide prospective employees with an offer letter. In fact, most new hires won’t formally accept the position without receiving such a letter. You will need to customize the document to meet your specific needs, but this sample should help get you started.