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Confusion Between ‘FMLA’ and ‘Maternity Leave’ Sends Employer to Trial

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HR Dive reports on a federal case in which an employee’s Family and Medical Leave Act suit will go to trial over how she was fired after confusion about how much leave she had available.

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Google CEO Cancels Company Town Hall on Gender Dispute After Employee Questions Leak

Google CEO Cancels Company Town Hall on Gender Dispute After Employee Questions Leak

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Sundar Pichai said in an email to staff that several Google employees became fearful for their safety and grew concerned about being outed for speaking up at the town hall, the Associated Press reports.

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By Firing Engineer, Google Shows What You Can Say – And What You Can’t – At Work

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When a Google employee wrote in a memo that women are not as qualified as men to be software engineers, he learned the hard way that free speech protections only go so far, writes Tracey Lien for The Los Angeles Times.

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Making Sure Your At-Will Employees Remain At-Will

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Employers must ensure that their supervisors do not unwittingly modify the at-will relationship with employees, warns Pullman & Comley.

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Work for Us – Or Else: The Rise of Noncompete Contracts

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Some companies have taken the idea of demanding loyalty through noncompetition agreements a bit too far, writes Alan Greenblatt in Governing.

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How to Manage Non-Disclosure Agreements

How to Manage Non-Disclosure Agreements

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Aliya Ramji, director of legal and business strategy for Figure 1 Inc., responds in ACC Docket to a question from a corporate lawyer who asks about the most important parts of a non-disclosure agreements.

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Compliance Training: Effective Enough to Avoid the Headlines?

Compliance Training: Effective Enough to Avoid the Headlines?

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NAVEX Global has produced a new ethics and compliance benchmark report that provides key statistics to measure and prove the value of educating employees on the right topics.

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Once Again, Trump DOJ Busts Convention, Splits Government in High-Profile Employment Case

Once Again, Trump DOJ Busts Convention, Splits Government in High-Profile Employment Case

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The case of Donald Zarda, a skydiver who claimed his employer violated Title VII when it fired him after finding out he was gay, illustrates how the U.S. Department of Justice and the Equal Opportunity Commission can sometimes operate at cross purposes in litigation.

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Non-Competition Agreements: Ensuring Enforceability

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A non-competition agreement raises state-law public policy concerns. As a result, states often restrict the scope of non-competition agreements before they will enforce them, warns Mark Koogler in Porter Wright Morris & Arthur’s Federal Securities Law Source.

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Tip #1 for Drafting Executive Employment Agreements: Define “Cause” Broadly

Tip #1 for Drafting Executive Employment Agreements: Define “Cause” Broadly

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Bill Wortel of Bryan Cave advises that an executive employment agreement should include a definition of cause that provides the company with flexibility to terminate an executive for legitimate, non-discriminatory business reasons.

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Labor & Employment PAGA Attorney Joins Blank Rome in Los Angeles

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Blank Rome LLP announces that Laura Reathaford has joined the firm as a partner in the Labor and Employment group in the Los Angeles office.

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Want to Peek at Your Employee’s Email? Be Careful

Want to Peek at Your Employee’s Email? Be Careful

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Employers should be wary of accessing an employee’s web-based email account without permission, writes Clarence Webster III of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.

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Michael Best Adds Labor & Employment Lawyer in Milwaukee

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Bethany McCurdy has recently joined Michael Best’s Milwaukee office in the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group. She will focus her practice on management side employment law.

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Succession Planning: It’s Not Just for Emergencies

Event, Sept. 7, 2017, 1 p.m. EDT
The heart of succession planning is identifying and building your future leadership at all levels, according to TrainHR.

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Indiana Senate Chief ff Staff, Legal Counsel Rejoins Barnes & Thornburg

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Jeffrey L. Papa, has rejoined Barnes & Thornburg LLP as a partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Law Department.

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Akerman Labor & Employment Partners in New York, Denver, Miami, and DC

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Akerman LLP has expanded its Labor & Employment Practice Group with partners Angela Hart-Edwards in Washington, D.C., Colin Barnacle in Denver, Denise Gavica Perez in Miami and Rory McEvoy in New York.

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Workplace Plaintiffs Face Long Odds at Trial, Analytics Data Indicates

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The ABA Journal reports that only 1 percent of plaintiffs who file federal job discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims win on the merits at trial, according to an analysis by the Lex Machina legal analytics firm.

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After N.F.L. Concussion Settlement, Feeding Frenzy of Lawyers and Lender

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Some of the ex-players with severe neurological disorders are cognitively impaired and may not understand the terms used by the lawyers who make the pitches, reports The New York Times.

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Why This Group is Trying to Stop Amazon From Buying Whole Foods

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Marc Perrone, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, sees Amazon the way some Rust Belt workers see global trade — as a threat to American jobs, reports The Washington Post.

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Is Your Compliance Training Program Working Hard Enough?

Is Your Compliance Training Program Working Hard Enough?

Webinar, July 27, 1 p.m. EDT
Navex Global will present a complimentary webinar outlining the state of compliance training in 2017. The event will be Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 10 a.m. Pacific time/1 p.m. Eastern time.

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