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Employment Law


Employment law includes all aspects of the relationship between an employee and employer. It includes the beginning of the employment relationship under either common law or through a contract, which may include a covenant not to compete and other restrictions. Employment law also includes problems at work including discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful termination. Finally, employment law concerns arise in severance agreements whether it is in your best interests to sign such an agreement on the termination of employment.

  • Advice to protect employees from discrimination in the work place
  • Drafting and negotiating employment agreements including non-compete clauses
  • Drafting and negotiating severance and separation agreements
  • Mediation of employment disputes
  • Arbitration of employment disputes


Arbitration is a private and confidential decision making process for resolving disputes  instead of a public trial.   Some disputes must be resolved by arbitration either as a result of industry requirements or a written agreement.  Among the most common disputes that are required to be resolved through arbitration are employment disputes and cases arising out of the health care industry.  Irwin Venick is qualified to serve on arbitration panels for employment disputes established by the American Arbitration Association and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.    He is also available to arbitrate disputes which are not administered by any dispute resolution agency.


Irwin Venick is trained and certified as a mediator under Rule 31 of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Irwin Venick is certified for general civil cases which would include, but not be limited to, employment cases. Mediation is a very effective process in which people or companies with disputes attempt to resolve their differences without going to court. Mediation often helps keep down the cost of litigation by resolving differences early, without the expense of preparing and trying cases in court. Perhaps most important, mediation reduces the uncertainty of trial and allows parties to reach their own decisions. When he works as a mediator, Irwin Venick does not act as an attorney for a party in the case. While his experience as an attorney helps parties evaluate their cases, he is a neutral who does not give legal advice.  His role is to assist the parties in their effort to arrive a mutually acceptable resolution of their dispute.

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