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Study Finds Top Law Firms’ Male Partners Make 53% More Than Female Partners

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Most male partners don’t perceive a problem with pay differences, according the new survey.

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China Employment Contract FAQs

China Employment Contract FAQs

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The end of the year brings an onslaught of China Employer Audits, and with those audits comes an onslaught of China employment law questions, writes Grace Yang in the Harris Bricken China Law Blog.

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Longtime Colleagues Reunite to Create Labor & Employment Section

Longtime Colleagues Reunite to Create Labor & Employment Section

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Christie Newkirk and Mark A. Shank have joined Diamond McCarthy LLP in Dallas and created the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Section.

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Download: Best Practices For Conducting Fast, Defensible Internal Investigations

Download: Best Practices For Conducting Fast, Defensible Internal Investigations

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Zapproved has published a new guide that outlines the five best practices for conducting fast, defensible internal investigations.

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Non-Compete Cautionary Tale

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A recent post on Robinson+Cole’s Manufacturing Law Blog discusses a recent court decision that underscores the need for manufacturers to exercise caution when seeking to impose post-employment restrictions on key employees.

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Law Firm Associate Signing Bonuses Take a Dive, Recruiter Finds

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Special Counsel found that the average signing bonus this year so far is about $17,000, Bloomberg Law reports.

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New Survey Rates Big Law Policies to Build Gender Equality

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A new survey aims to move forward the conversation about equality in Biglaw by examining which firms are taking key steps to close persistent gender gaps.

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Hospital System Fires General Counsel Amid Alleged Compliance Violations

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The Broward Health board fired its general counsel Lynn Barrett as the taxpayer-supported health system continues to struggle after a series of state and federal investigations related to alleged overspending, kickbacks and open-government law violations, reports Modern Healthcare.

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Podcast: Dos and Don’ts for Drafting Severance Agreements

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In a new podcast, two shareholders in Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart discuss a number of important considerations for employers to keep in mind when drafting a severance agreement.

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Federal Courts Uphold Arbitration Agreements Via Email

Federal Courts Uphold Arbitration Agreements Via Email

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Federal district courts in New York and New Jersey recently turned aside employee attacks on arbitration agreements challenged on the grounds that the employer’s communication of its arbitration policy via email was inadequate, reports the Gibbons Employment Law Alert.

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How Should Managers Deal with the Challenges of Building an Inclusive Workplace?

How Should Managers Deal with the Challenges of Building an Inclusive Workplace?

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James L. Heskett, a Harvard Business School professor emeritus, reports on some of the responses to a recent column about how best to foster a climate of inclusion in an organization.

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Argument Preview: How Should Courts Decide If Parties to an Arbitration Contract May Aggregate Their Claims?

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SCOTUSblog reports that in Lamps Plus Inc. v. Varela, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit correctly held that an employer consented to class arbitration.

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Contract Case: Lack of Consideration – Or Not!

Contract Case: Lack of Consideration – Or Not!

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Writing in ContractsProf Blog, Myanna Dellinger discusses a case that “nicely demonstrates how the consideration doctrine is still relevant and, as always, the importance of getting contracts in writing even though they do not have to be.”

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Google Exec Clouded by Scandal is a Veteran Silicon Valley Counsel

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David Drummond, the  chief legal officer of Google parent Alphabet Inc. and a one-time Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner, was cited in a New York Times report about the allegedly lax approach that Google has taken to relationships between supervisors and their subordinates.

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Spotlight on No-Poach Agreements Continues, Expands to New Industries

Spotlight on No-Poach Agreements Continues, Expands to New Industries

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Companies that engage in no-poach agreements should be prepared for governmental scrutiny as well as private litigation from former employees, warns Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

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Nov. 8 Live Event: General Counsel and Experts Share New Drivers of Diversity

Nov. 8 Live Event: General Counsel and Experts Share New Drivers of Diversity

Event, Nov. 8, 2018, Washington, DC
Bloomberg Law’s 4th annual Talent and Diversity Forum brings together industry leaders to share insights on what can actually increase diversity in the legal industry.

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Biglaw Firm Admits It Botched Handling of Sexual Assault Allegation Against a Partner

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Above the Law reports that Baker McKenzie released a joint report last week that admits the way the firm handled the alleged sexual assault by a partner at the firm involved “a number of shortcomings … which we very much regret.”

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Recent Oil and Gas Verdict Highlights Importance of FLSA Compliance

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A recent case from the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania highlights how expensive a Fair Labor Standards Act case can be.

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Contracting Around Class Actions, a Win for Employers

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A recent Ninth Circuit ruling that Uber’s arbitration agreements did not violate the National Labor Relations Act provides a major victory to Uber by requiring each plaintiff to separately arbitrate his or her claims.

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Biglaw Practice Leader Encourages Women to Tell Him If They Plan on Becoming Pregnant – For ‘Budgetary Reasons’

Biglaw Practice Leader Encourages Women to Tell Him If They Plan on Becoming Pregnant – For ‘Budgetary Reasons’

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Above the Law reports that women in the Jones Day Business and Tort Litigation group have been “encouraged” to tell management if they were pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant within the next year.

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