Texas is an “at-will” employment state. Thus, absent a written agreement, Houston small businesses can terminate any Texas employee any time for any non-discriminatory reason at their discretion. Houston employers that seek to retain the brightest and best talent, however, should offer employment agreements to their key employees because they provide uniformity, consistency, stability, and clarity so that employees and employers can reference written rules and mutual expectations.
Provisions that Houston employers find attractive in employment agreements include: non-compete, no-raid, non-solicitation, non-disclosure, termination for cause, venue selection, indemnity, and hold harmless. Houston small business owners that want to attract and retain qualified employees should call VLF who draft and customize an employment agreement that protects the owner(s), the business and the business’s trade secrets.