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When Union Contracts And Overtime Law Conflict: Court Provides Balance For Employers

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The case involved an offshore oil worker whose contract called for 12-hour shifts for a week and required him to be on the off platform between shifts.

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Female Attorneys Sue Biglaw Firm Over ‘Fraternity’ Atmosphere, Allege Bias Against Women

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Jones Day is being sued for gender, pregnancy and maternity discrimination to the tune of more than $200 million, reports Crain’s Cleveland Business.

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Download: Ethics & Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report

Download: Ethics & Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report

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One simple act of documenting open-door conversations and emails allows you to capture and address employee concerns more effectively, according to NAVEX Global.

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BigLaw Firm Criticized for Lack of Diversity is Now No. 1 for Black Lawyers, New Report Says

BigLaw Firm Criticized for Lack of Diversity is Now No. 1 for Black Lawyers, New Report Says

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Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison took a hit on social media in December when a partnership promotion photo appeared to show just one woman and 11 white men.

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Hospital’s Ex-GC Sues Former Employer and Two Board Members

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Kimarie Stratos claims the district’s board of commissioners wrongly fired her in September after eight years on the job.

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NAVEX Global: Reports of Harassment Continue to Increase in Wake of #MeToo

NAVEX Global: Reports of Harassment Continue to Increase in Wake of #MeToo

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Leading ethics and compliance software and services company NAVEX Global has announced the release of its 2019 Ethics & Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report.

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Invalidating a Non-Compete Agreement

Invalidating a Non-Compete Agreement

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There are circumstances that allow a departing employee to challenge the legitimacy of a non-compete agreement, even if this type of contract meets all the legal requirements, writes Romy Jurado of Jurado & Farshchian.

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Key Terms for Provider Contracts

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A good contract with an employed or contracted physician or other practitioner may help you avoid regulatory violations and future disputes, advises Kim Stanger of Holland & Hart.

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Webinar: Is Your Whistleblower Program Effective?

Webinar: Is Your Whistleblower Program Effective?

Webinar, April 4, 2019
Studies show that effective internal whistleblower programs contribute to business success, including lower levels of litigation.

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Employers Face Hurdles in Enforcing Non-Competes Against Lower-Wage Workers

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Courts across the country are refusing to enforce non-competes against lower-wage employees and now states are taking action to preclude these agreements, Foley & Lardner reports.

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What Not to Do: Construction Contractor Charged With Lying to OSHA

What Not to Do: Construction Contractor Charged With Lying to OSHA

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A case discussed in a Seyfarth Shaw blog provides an important lesson: Don’t lie under oath, especially when there exists discoverable evidence to the contrary.

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Are Contractor Agreements Not Worth the Paper They’re Printed On?

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A recent ruling in an Alabama federal court illustrates how having a valid independent contractor agreement is not necessarily an impenetrable magic shield automatically rendering misclassification claims null and void, according to Fisher Phillips’ Gig Employer Blog.

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Where Did We Go Wrong? Planning for Issues in Employment Agreements

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When drafting executive agreements, it is easy to focus almost exclusively on benefits and wages, the popular areas, without properly addressing some of the legal concerns that have grown over the last several years, according to Davis, Brown, Koehn, Shors & Roberts.

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Court Agrees General Counsel Was Fired for Whistle-Blowing; Upholds $8 Million Verdict

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The 9th Circuit ruled that the former general cousnel had acted as a whistle-blower and was dismissed in retaliation for reporting conduct that he “reasonably believed” to be illegal.

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Turbulence on Breach of Employment Agreement, Trade Secret Misappropriation

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The Fourth Circuit found that the ex-employee had not breached the non-compete clause because his role at his new employer was not sufficiently similar to constitute a breach.

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Tesla’s General Counsel Lasts Only Two Months

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CNN reports that Tesla’s general counsel is leaving the company after just two months on the job — the latest in a series of executive departures at Elon Musk’s electric car company.

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Ex-Winston Lawyer Can’t Be Forced to Arbitrate Job Claims

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Bloomberg Law is reporting that a former Winston & Strawn LLP intellectual property attorney can litigate—and can’t be forced to arbitrate—her pay, bias, and retaliation claims.

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‘Breaking Contracts has Consequences’ – Third Circuit Backs Employer with Restrictive Covenant Agreements

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Employers should be mindful that entering restrictive covenant agreements containing merger clauses may nullify prior restrictive covenant agreements, advises Genova Burns.

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Overbroad Geographic Restriction Dooms Covenant Not to Compete

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The reach of the geographic restriction in the convenant should extend only as far as the employee’s geographic activities extend.

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Fired Hershey IP Attorney Sues Alleging Race, Age, Sex Bias

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The 52-year-old former senior counsel for global intellectual property at Hershey Co., has sued his ex-employer, claiming he was replaced with a younger, black, female lawyer in a case of race, age and sex bias.

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