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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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How Weak Are Employee Nondisclosure Agreements?

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Drafting and enforcing NDAs is an area rife with risks and traps, warns Gregory W. McClune of Foley & Lardner.

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Webcast: Emerging Trends And Legal Analytics For Employment Litigation

Event, July 13, 12 p.m. EDT
Above the law and Lex Machina will offer an overview of recent developments in employment litigation, including the rise of legal analytics.

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When Employees Take Workplace Communication Offline

When Employees Take Workplace Communication Offline

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Employers are obligated to investigate certain discrimination complaints and they are required to prevent retaliation. The problem comes when employers investigate workplace affairs without a worthwhile non-retaliation policy. This article explores the interplay between non-retaliation policies and workplace investigations.

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Judge Shoots Down eDiscovery Trade Secrets Case

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Bloomberg Law reports that a federal judge in Manhattan has rejected DTI Global’s arguments that a sales team lured away by a competitor had misappropriated key trade secrets.

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What Would the Perfect Employee Agreement Look Like?

What Would the Perfect Employee Agreement Look Like?

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Bryan K. Wheelock of Harness Dickey has posted an item on the firm’s website contemplating what perfection might look like in regard to an employee agreement.

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Class Action Accuses Steptoe & Johnson of Gender Bias

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Ji-In Houck of Los Angeles says her starting pay at the firm as a contract attorney was barely half the $165,000 that inexperienced male lawyers made – though she had experience in civil litigation.

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The Importance of Having an Anti-Retaliation Policy When Conducting an Investigation

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Employers are obligated to investigate certain discrimination complaints and they are required to prevent retaliation, advises Natalie Lynch of Lynch Service Company.

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A ‘Dramatic’ Gender Wage Gap Awaits In-House Counsel

A ‘Dramatic’ Gender Wage Gap Awaits In-House Counsel

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The Association of Corporate Counsel released its latest in-house trends report, which revealed that a higher percentage of women’s salaries were on the lower end of the salary scale than those of their male counterparts, reports Above the Law.

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In-House Attorneys See 4.3 Percent Pay Hike

In-House Attorneys See 4.3 Percent Pay Hike

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Above the Law reports on a BarkerGilmore in-house counsel compensation report that shows in-house lawyers received average pay increases of 4.3 percent last year.

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Confusion With Independent Contractors v. Employees

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There is an immediate financial incentive to hiring a contractor instead of an employee but having misclassified employees can be an extremely expensive mistake, writes Natalie Lynch of Lynch Law Firm.

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Equity Compensation for Partnerships and LLCs

Event, June 21, 2017, 1 p.m. EDT
Partnership and LLC equity compensation programs raise many of the same issues that arise with corporate equity compensation. However, because of the“flow-through” nature of partnership taxation, there are some unique planning opportunities and pitfalls that can arise in the realm of partnership equity compensation.

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Updating Employee Handbooks

Updating Employee Handbooks

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By having a handbook that is up to date and appropriate, employers often avoid workplace troubles because managers and employees can all rely on the good standards the handbook establish, advises Natalie Lynch of Lynch Service Company.

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