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Biglaw Firm Hit With $300 Million Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

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Ogletree, Deakins nonequity shareholder Dawn Knepper has hit her employer with a $300 million purported class-action suit alleging gender discrimination and unequal pay, reports Above theLaw.

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Workplace Lawyers Race Against the Trump Clock

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Labor lawyers rush to lock in payouts ahead of a shifting legal landscape, according to a Bloomberg report.

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Milwaukee Employee Benefits Attorney Joins Quarles & Brady’s Labor & Employment Group

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The law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP announced that Michael Wieber has joined the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group, Employee Benefits team, as of counsel in its Milwaukee office.

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International HR – Offer Letters and Employment Contracts

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When a U.S. company decides to hire an employee in another country, the question of whether to send the applicant an offer letter inevitably arises, writes Samina Weil in the Fisher Phillips Cross Border Employer Blog.

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Scandals Prompt New Approaches to Sexual Harassment Training

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With careers at stake – not to mention the reputations of entire companies – employers are re-examining workplace culture, training, complaint procedures and everything in between, says employment attorney Audrey Mross of Dallas’ Munck Wilson Mandala.

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Webinar: Ten Predictions for Ethics and Compliance in 2018

Webinar: Ten Predictions for Ethics and Compliance in 2018

Webinar, Jan. 18, 1 p.m. EST
On Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, the experts at NAVEX Global will discuss the challenges of ethics and compliance and offer predictions for 2018’s most pressing compliance issues.

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Choice of Venue Provision Upheld in Employment Contract

Choice of Venue Provision Upheld in Employment Contract

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Forum selection clauses that are not adhesive will be interpreted independently of the court’s determination of the enforceability and validity of the contract as a whole, according to a post in Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice’s Employment Law Blog.

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Two New Partners Join Freeborn in Firm’s Labor and Employment Practice

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Freeborn & Peters LLP announced that attorneys James “Jim” F. Hendricks Jr. and Michael P. MacHarg have joined the firm as partners in its Litigation Practice Group.

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2018 Top 10 Ethics & Compliance Predictions & Recommendations

2018 Top 10 Ethics & Compliance Predictions & Recommendations

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NAVEX Global has compiled an e-book that presents predictions about the top trends and events that will impact ethics and compliance programs in 2018 — along with recommendations for compliance.

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Labor Board Burns Through Obama-Era Rules

Labor Board Burns Through Obama-Era Rules

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In recent days, the independent board tasked with enforcing fair labor practices and collective bargaining rights overruled three Obama-era rules in a series of 3-2 rulings, The Hill reports.

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9th Circuit Judge in SF Under Investigation Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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A judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco is under a formal misconduct inquiry after several of his clerks accused him of inappropriate behavior, according to a report in SFGATE.

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The ‘Weinstein Effect’: Firms Rethink Holiday Parties Amid Sexual Harassment Concerns

The ‘Weinstein Effect’: Firms Rethink Holiday Parties Amid Sexual Harassment Concerns

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A poll found that only 49 percent of companies said they planned to serve alcohol at their holiday events, compared with nearly 62 percent last year.

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How Forced Arbitration and Non-Disclosure Agreements Can Perpetuate Hostile Work Environments

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It is possible for state lawmakers to crack down on corporate abuse of arbitration and non-disclosure agreements, but the prospects do not seem good, writes Michelle Chen for The Nation.

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Fear Mounts Inside USDA over Trump’s General Counsel Pick

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Politico is reporting that morale among many of the Agriculture Department’s legal staff has plummeted since Stephen Vaden, the Trump administration’s nominee to be USDA General Counsel, assumed leadership in March, say several agency attorneys from across the country.

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Be Careful When Using Liquidated Damages with Your Non-Compete Clause

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While a liquidated damages provision is not a silver bullet, if properly drafted, such a clause can be a significant deterrent to an employee who might otherwise decide to test the bounds of a non-compete, writes Shep Davidson.

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Is It Time for People to Breach Their NDAs and Speak Truth to Power?

Is It Time for People to Breach Their NDAs and Speak Truth to Power?

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Elie Mystal, writing for Above the Law, discusses some top factors to remember when dealing with a sexual predator who has signed you to a non-disclosure agreement.

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To Help Bridge Gender Gap, Women Lawyers Should Get Comfy with Self-Promotion

To Help Bridge Gender Gap, Women Lawyers Should Get Comfy with Self-Promotion

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A report by the Dallas Women Lawyers Association outlines the challenges women lawyers face, including pay gaps, disparity in equity partnerships, high attrition, bias in work assignments and origination credit, and underrepresentation on committees.

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Handling Off-Duty Misconduct

Handling Off-Duty Misconduct

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Off-duty misconduct can be tricky to deal with at times., warns Natalie Lynch of Lynch Service Company in a web posting Her article shows how to deal with it.

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Littler Adds Two Shareholders to Atlanta Office

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Littler has added Russell A. Jones and Kathryn S. McConnell as shareholders in the Atlanta office. The  employment litigation and counseling practitioners join Littler from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton.

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Segway Competitor Rolls Away from Former CEO’s Attempt to Force Arbitration

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A former CEO presented a signed employment agreement that required arbitration, but the company contested whether it had agreed to the written contract.

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