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Are Restrictive Covenants Enforceable When Employee Converts to ‘At-Will’ Employment?

Are Restrictive Covenants Enforceable When Employee Converts to ‘At-Will’ Employment?

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A post by Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti discusses a recent case that dealt with the question of what happens to restrictive covenants in an employment contract when an employee converts to at-will status.

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Biglaw Firm Lays Off Associates, Staff and Partners

Biglaw Firm Lays Off Associates, Staff and Partners

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One source who was briefed on the layoffs said the downsizing affects 40 lawyers, including associates and counsel, as well as 27 staff members, reports Bloomberg’s Casey Sullivan.

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Congressman Targets Assistant General Counsel Over Political Activism

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The assistant general counsel of a New Jersey-based bank company says she found herself in a touchy situation after a U.S. Congressman complained to her employer about her activism that targeted the lawmaker.

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Fear of Career Damage Led Woman to Sue Proskauer Anonymously

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Bloomberg Law is reporting that Proskauer Rose has become the latest Big Law firm to be hit with a gender discrimination lawsuit by a female partner.

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Speaking Out About Employer’s Personal Views Results in Termination

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Unhappy with his boss and former friend’s close association with the Trump administration, David Magerman aired his concerns about Renaissance Technologies President Robert Mercer in a February interview with the Wall Street Journal, according to a post on the website of Androvett Legal Media.

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Littler Survey Reveals Employers Caught in a Tangled Web of Federal, State and Local Laws

Littler Survey Reveals Employers Caught in a Tangled Web of Federal, State and Local Laws

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Littler’s sixth annual survey of more than 1,200 employers finds growing uncertainty as a new administration and various technological and social changes reshape the workplace,

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The Burden Of Keeping In-House Secrets

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In a post on Above the Law, Stephen R. Williams discusses how in-house lawyers often are brought into a myriad of issues they may wish they had been left out of.

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How Policies Can Defeat a Breach of Contract Claim

How Policies Can Defeat a Breach of Contract Claim

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Employees often seek to use an employer’s handbook, code of conduct, or policies as the basis for a breach of contract claim, writes John J. Buckley in a blog on the site of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus.

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Creating Material Wealth for Business Owners & Labor with ESOPs

Creating Material Wealth for Business Owners & Labor with ESOPs

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ESOPs are commonly used by an owner seeking to retire, however, in today’s business market of successful start-ups, there’s an opportunity to consider them earlier in the lifecycle of the company.

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House Republicans Just Voted to Change Overtime Rules for Workers

House Republicans Just Voted to Change Overtime Rules for Workers

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The bill could make it legal for workers to choose between an hour and a half of paid comp time and time-and-a-half pay when they work additional hours, The Washington Post reports.

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Fox News Scandal Puts General Counsel in the Crosshairs

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Financial Times reports that Dianne Brandi, executive vice president of legal and business affairs, is named in three lawsuits that the network is contesting.

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BigLaw Headhunter’s Sexist Rant Leads to Apology, Leave of Absence

BigLaw Headhunter’s Sexist Rant Leads to Apology, Leave of Absence

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The managing director of a BigLaw recruiting firm somehow managed to describe “most legal recruiters” as women who “are quite attractive and fit,” as well as “a little ditzy and [who do] not have the other sorts of qualifications that would make them qualified for the job,” reports Above the Law.

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Restrictive Covenants Can Swing Both Ways: A 3-Step Plan To Avoiding Legal Risks When Onboarding New Employees

Restrictive Covenants Can Swing Both Ways: A 3-Step Plan To Avoiding Legal Risks When Onboarding New Employees

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Increased media attention on the practice of forcing lower-level employees to sign non-compete covenants, combined with the widely publicized report on non-compete restrictions issued by the Obama White House in its waning days, has led to an increase in the number of reported cases, writes Michael Elkon with Fisher Phillips.

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Bad Judgment on Social Media May Lead to Job Offer Withdrawals

Bad Judgment on Social Media May Lead to Job Offer Withdrawals

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Many employers these days Google prospective hires and look them up on social media for any evidence of red flags that indicate that the applicant may be violent, unethical, unstable or simply have bad judgment, according to a post on the website of Androvett Legal Media & Marketing.

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Fox News Hit With Suit Alleging Racial Discrimination and ‘Plantation-Style Management’

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An expanded lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Fox News Channel of racial discrimination “that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment,” reports the Associated Press.

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The SEC Doesn’t Like Your Employment Agreements

The SEC Doesn’t Like Your Employment Agreements

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Companies should examine their employment agreements to ensure compliance with the SEC’s Rule 21F-17, writes Evan Gibbs for Above the Law.

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Law Firm Expels Female Partner Who Filed Discrimination Suit

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Partners at the law firm Chadbourne & Parke, in an unusual public gesture, voted on Thursday to expel from its ranks a female partner who filed a gender discrimination and pay inequity lawsuit against the firm last year, according to a New York Times report.

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Is American Retail at a Historic Tipping Point?

Is American Retail at a Historic Tipping Point?

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The shift to e-commerce has been building gradually for years. But economists, retail workers and real estate investors say it appears that it has sped up in recent months, according to The New York Times.

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Neal Gerber Eisenberg Adds Partner to Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation

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Hoseman works with employee benefit matters, including designing and administering qualified retirement benefit plans and welfare benefit plans.

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Recent Developments on Sufficient Consideration for Employee Non-Compete Agreements

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Like other contracts, non-compete and restrictive covenant agreements must be supported by adequate and sufficient consideration at the time of execution, according to a posting by Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton.

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