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Enforce Arbitration Agreement or Waive Right to Arbitrate Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

Enforce Arbitration Agreement or Waive Right to Arbitrate Trade Secret Misappropriation Claims

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A recent federal court ruling on arbitration offers three key lessons for plaintiff-employers, according to a post on the website of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.

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Creating Defensible Employment Agreements Before an Employee’s First Day

Creating Defensible Employment Agreements Before an Employee’s First Day

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Significant tools in the arsenal of strategies are contracts signed by the employee, but waiting until the employee departs is too late to start thinking about them, points out Spiwe L. Jefferson in an article for the ACC.

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JPMorgan Judge Upends $1.1 Million Whistle-Blower Verdict

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A U.S. district judge says she saw prejudice in a jury’s verdict Tuesday that would have awarded $1.13 million in damages to a former JPMorgan Chase & Co. employee over her dismissal, according to Bloomberg.

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Can You Really Shut Down Your Company a Week After Your Workers Unionize?

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If lawyers decide to pursue a case charging that Ricketts acted illegally, they’ll have to prove that some part of the business is still operating, according to the Pacific Standard.

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Tips For Drafting Employee Handbooks: Avoiding Breach of Contract Claims

Tips For Drafting Employee Handbooks: Avoiding Breach of Contract Claims

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To avoid breach of contract claims premised on employee handbook policies, employers should include an express contract disclaimer in their employee handbook, according to Bryan Cave.

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Billionaire CEO Shuts Down Publications After Vote to Unionize

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The CEO of a group of digital local news sites shut down the publications a week after reporters and editors in the combined newsroom of DNAinfo and Gothamist voted to join a union, reports The New York Times.

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How Lawyers Protect the Harvey Weinstein in Your Workplace

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NDAs are geared to ensure that the fraction of people who do come forward can’t warn others or bring claims to light, all of which contributes to the culture of silence around workplace harassment, according to Bloomberg Law.

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Lawsuit Alleging General Electric Ripped Off Its Workers Shows the Pitfalls of 401(k) Plans

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The Los Angeles Times explains that the suit alleges that GE managed the plan for its own benefit by loading it with mutual funds owned by its own subsidiary.

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How to Structure Global Mobility Assignments, Expatriate Postings and Cross-Border Secondments

How to Structure Global Mobility Assignments, Expatriate Postings and Cross-Border Secondments

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In structuring overseas postings, multinationals inevitably struggle with the interplay between expatriate assignment strategy and the legal ramifications of a particular foreign posting, points out Donald C. Downling, a shareholder in Littler Mendelson P.C.

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NFL Players May Have an Ally in Their Protests: Labor Law

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“If they’re standing up for other players’ rights to kneel in the context of their job and keep their job, it seems to me to be protected concerted activity,” law professor Matthew Bodie said.

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Fox News’ General Counsel, Under Legal Siege, Takes Leave From Network

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Dianne Brandi could prove to be a key figure in a federal investigation because of her long and close association with Roger Ailes, who was ousted from Fox last year amid harassment allegations, reports The Washington Post.

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Will the Supreme Court End Employment Contract Arbitration Clauses?

Will the Supreme Court End Employment Contract Arbitration Clauses?

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The relevant cases being considered are from the 5th Circuit, which found the arbitration clause did not violate the NLRA, and the 7th and 9th circuits, which found similar clauses unenforceable.

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Yes, Overtime Laws Apply To Law Firms

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A pair of lawsuits allege two Florida law firms failed to pay administrative workers proper overtime wages in compliance with the Fair Labor Standard Act, reports Above the Law.

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CBS Fires Legal Counsel Over Facebook Comments on Vegas Shooting

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CBS fired a a senior legal counsel after she criticized some victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting as “Republican gun toters” who did not deserve sympathy, reports The Washington Post.

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Employment Attorney: NFL Players Can Be Fired For Political Protests

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Regardless of the cause, Dallas employment lawyer Rogge Dunn says, more employers are regulating employees’ actions inside and outside of work.

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Tree Trimming Firm Pays Biggest Fine in U.S. Immigration Case

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A tree trimming company has been handed the largest penalty imposed in a United States immigration case, totaling $95 million, after pleading guilty to employing illegal immigrants, Reuters reports.

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WilmerHale Acciddentally Sent Whistleblower Docs to Wall Street Journal

WilmerHale Acciddentally Sent Whistleblower Docs to <i>Wall Street Journal</i>

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Above the Law recounts the story of how the memo, discussing a subpoena whistelblower/GC Maura Smith received, was sent to a group of lawyers — and the Journal.

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SEC Probing Pepsi’s Former GC After She Claimed She Was Wrongly Ousted

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The former GC of PepsiCo Inc. is the focus of an investigation by the SEC after she claimed she was fired in retaliation for the way she handled earlier internal probes concerning allegations of wrongdoing in Russia.

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BigLaw is Doomed If Clients Refuse to Pay for Associates

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Some general counsel are starting to push back against big law firms charging $400 an hour for the work of associates, writes Joe Patrice for Above the Law.

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Biglaw Firm Announces Hundreds Of Buyouts And Layoffs, Almost 500 Affected

Biglaw Firm Announces Hundreds Of Buyouts And Layoffs, Almost 500 Affected

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Above the Law reports that Hogan Lovells recently decided to offer “voluntary retirement” packages to about 400 of its senior business support staff members in the U.S.

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