Sarah DeFranco draws from over fifteen years’ experience to provide on-call counseling to employers operating in Florida, Illinois, and New York regarding compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws, such as the FMLA, ADA, Title VII, ADEA, and FLSA. Additionally, Sarah has vast experience drafting employee handbook policies and state law addenda for employers of all sizes, and providing employers guidance regarding properly classifying workers as independent contractors. Sarah regularly drafts executive employment agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation restrictive covenant agreements, retention agreements, and separation agreements. She also assists clients with designing, drafting, and implementing bonus plans and equity awards. Sarah frequently supports corporate clients on mergers and acquisitions by providing labor and employment review of due diligence materials, guidance on employment-related disclosures and acquisition agreements, counseling regarding potential red flags under reps and warranties insurance (RWI) review, drafting consulting and employment agreements for post-closing continuation of key personnel, and counseling on post-closing employee transition matters. Sarah also represents employers in employment litigation and administrative proceedings arising under federal, state, and local discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, and wage and hour laws, as well as in litigation of claims involving the enforcement of non-competition, non-solicitation, non-disclosure, and employee raiding restrictive covenants.