Staying Alive: Company and Employee Welfare During Mergers and Acquisitions

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When the economy is weak, the rate of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) increases. This directly affects the intellectual, legal, and actual property of the businesses involved as well as employees at all levels, from the CEOs downward through the ranks. However, there are steps companies and individual employees can take to protect their interests.

For Companies

Specific business products help corporations protect intellectual properties such as patents and copyrights in the event of an M&A. Financial and legal safeguards can be put in place. The experts at suggest transactional insurance to protect interests during an M&A. This product helps business parties feel safe.

For Individuals

Individual employees must pay close attention to every step of the M&A process.

  • Study your existing employment agreement before the merger occurs.
  • Familiarize yourself with regulations concerning severance pay and terminations.
  • Understand what the notice requirements are. Companies may be required to give you notice up to 60 days in advance.
  • Scrutinize any new agreements or contracts put before you to sign.

You may even wish to consult a lawyer with questions in difficult areas such as discrimination, benefits, and unexpected layoffs.

M&As cause upheaval both for companies as entities and for individual employees. There are ways that all parties, corporate and individuals, can protect interests and gain knowledge. By being proactive with thoughtful precautions, those involved in an M&A can minimize the disruption.