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OPERATIONAL CONTRACTS

ow extensive legal guidelines or risk liability. Read the information below to learn morBusinesses with employees need to follow extensive legal guidelines or risk liability. Read the information below to learn more about the various issues surrounding employees.

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What's the best place to get started with government contracting?


Doing business with a government requires application and some red tape. It's best to look into your state/city/county site to determine the process of how to gain government contracts. Here are Kentucky's rules: https://finance.ky.gov/services/eprocurement/Pages/doingbusiness.aspx




Are government contracts hard to get? Competitive?


You can increase your chance of winning a government contract by researching the federal marketplace and taking advantage of SBA resources. https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-guide/how-win-contracts





EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS

Do I need employment contracts?


Most employees do not have employment contracts. Contracts are unnecessary for small business hiring: verbal agreements or offer letters are usually sufficient. Employee contracts are legally binding arrangements between employers and employees, and the law does not require small businesses to make legal promises to their employees. However, if you are trying to lock down a relationship with a very important, talented employee, an employment contract may be practically necessary. https://smallbusiness.chron.com/employees-need-contracts-20197.html
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What are the most important items to include on an employee contract?


There are a several things you must include to help protect both your new hire and your business when making a job offer. Learn here: https://blog.pandadoc.com/ten-things-to-include-in-an-employee-contract/





GOVERNMENT CONTRACTING

What's the best place to get started with government contracting?


Doing business with a government requires application and some red tape. It's best to look into your state/city/county site to determine the process of how to gain government contracts. Here are Kentucky's rules: https://finance.ky.gov/services/eprocurement/Pages/doingbusiness.aspx




Are government contracts hard to get? Competitive?


You can increase your chance of winning a government contract by researching the federal marketplace and taking advantage of SBA resources. https://www.sba.gov/federal-contracting/contracting-guide/how-win-contracts





NON-COMPETE/NON-SOLICITATION

Can I prevent my employees from taking my customers when they leave my employ?


You can prevent a current employee from stealing customers but entering into a non-solicitation / non-competition agreement in consideration of employment. That would require the employee to agree. In this case, you can sue the employee who breaches in contract, so long as the terms are reasonable. See your state laws. If you do not have such an agreement with and ex-employee, you may still have some legal recourse against the employee. In this situation, it might be best to talk to an attorney. https://work.chron.com/keep-exemployee-stealing-customers-22245.html




What are the requirements of a non compete agreement?


The restrictions on non-compete agreements come from State law. While non-compete agreements are valid and enforceable under Kentucky law, they are not allowed to place an undue burden on the employee. Therefore, there may be several clauses within your employer’s drafted non-compete agreement that are unenforceable if they are found to be unreasonable by a Court reviewing the agreement. https://www.cwmassociates.com/blog/2020/july/non-compete-agreements-in-kentucky/




What are the requirements of a non-solicitation agreement?


Like non-competes, non-solicitation agreements (sometimes found in the same document with the non-compete) must be drafted within the confines of the law. It might be best to have an attorney make sure your agreement is enforceable. https://uknowledge.uky.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1315&context=klj