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Nov. 8 Live Event: General Counsel and Experts Share New Drivers of Diversity

Nov. 8 Live Event: General Counsel and Experts Share New Drivers of Diversity

Event, Nov. 8, 2018, Washington, DC
Bloomberg Law’s 4th annual Talent and Diversity Forum brings together industry leaders to share insights on what can actually increase diversity in the legal industry.

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Biglaw Firm Admits It Botched Handling of Sexual Assault Allegation Against a Partner

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Above the Law reports that Baker McKenzie released a joint report last week that admits the way the firm handled the alleged sexual assault by a partner at the firm involved “a number of shortcomings … which we very much regret.”

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Recent Oil and Gas Verdict Highlights Importance of FLSA Compliance

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A recent case from the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania highlights how expensive a Fair Labor Standards Act case can be.

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Contracting Around Class Actions, a Win for Employers

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A recent Ninth Circuit ruling that Uber’s arbitration agreements did not violate the National Labor Relations Act provides a major victory to Uber by requiring each plaintiff to separately arbitrate his or her claims.

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Biglaw Practice Leader Encourages Women to Tell Him If They Plan on Becoming Pregnant – For ‘Budgetary Reasons’

Biglaw Practice Leader Encourages Women to Tell Him If They Plan on Becoming Pregnant – For ‘Budgetary Reasons’

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Above the Law reports that women in the Jones Day Business and Tort Litigation group have been “encouraged” to tell management if they were pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant within the next year.

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China Contracts: Not Quite Legal Usually Means 100% Illegal

China Contracts: Not Quite Legal Usually Means 100% Illegal

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A less than fully legal, truly enforceable contract is no contract at all, warns Dan Harris of Harris Bricken, LLP, writing in China Law Blog.

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Overqualified? Or Too Old? Ex-GC’s Age Discrimination Case Takes Aim at Biased Recruiting Practices

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The Chicago Tribune tells the story of a former general counsel who had been unemployed and job hunting for three years when he came across a position that seemed promising, but the part that excluded any applicants with his years of experience.

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Biglaw Firm Reverses Course on Associate Raises, Now With $190,000 Starting Salary

Biglaw Firm Reverses Course on Associate Raises, Now With $190,000 Starting Salary

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Seventh-year associates at Fish & Richardson can look forward to salaries of $325,000 on the new scale, reports Above the Law.

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Uber Can Force Drivers Into Individual Arbitration, Voids Class-Action

Federal Appeals Court Rules Uber Can Force Drivers Into Individual Arbitration, Voids Class-Action

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The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco overturned a lower-court order that had certified the drivers’ class-action effort.

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Time to Reconsider No Poaching Agreements? Yes, Emphatically.

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Franchisors need to review their franchise agreements and take immediate action in response to the recent onslaught of legal action over “naked no-poaching” provisions in franchise agreements, according to a post in Franchise Law Update on the website of Fox Rothschild.

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Non-Enforcement of Non-Competes: What’s an Employer to Do?

Non-Enforcement of Non-Competes: What’s an Employer to Do?

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Companies should consider the reasonableness of the restrictions and consider whether the restrictions can be tied to legitimate protectable business interests, advises Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC.

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No Law Prohibits a Sudden NFL Retirement

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Surprising as it seems, an NFL football player, a CEO or a partner in a partnership can generally walk off the job at any time, says Dallas labor and employment attorney Rogge Dunn of Rogge Dunn Group, PC.

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What CA Employers Need to Know About Wage & Hour Class Actions and PAGA Lawsuits

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Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP will present a webinar discussing new developments in California wage and hour laws that provoke class action litigation and will offer ways to avoid, manage and resolve these issues.

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IBM Sued for Age Discrimination After Thousands of Older Workers Laid Off

IBM Sued for Age Discrimination After Thousands of Older Workers Laid Off

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The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiffs are among thousands of IBM employees to be laid off recently as the result of a shift in IBM’s focus to recruit millennials, reports USA Today.

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Former Partner Hits Biglaw Firm With Explosive Gender Discrimination Charge

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Rebecca Torrey’s filing details allegations of a “boys’ club” an environment that weighs “heavily in the favor of male partners.”

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NDAs: Confidentiality and Context in the Workplace

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While threats of enforcement as to the agreement Omarosa Manigault signed while part of the administration have been bantered about, it appears that the legal battle will focus on an NDA she signed while working on the campaign, according to Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel .

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Littler Adds 20-Lawyer Belgian Firm Reliance

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Littler Mendelson has expanded into Belgium by adding Reliance, a leading Belgian labor and employment law boutique with 20 lawyers, to its global platform.

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JPMorgan Chase Will Pay $24 Million to End Lawsuit From Black Advisers

JPMorgan Chase Will Pay $24 Million to End Lawsuit From Black Advisers

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The company will also put $4.5 million into a fund that will back recruitment, bias training, a review of branch assignments and a coaching program for black advisers.

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Seminar: 2018 Employment Law Update

Event, Sept. 13, 2018, Denver
Holland & Hart will present a complimentary half-day seminar on the latest developments in labor and employment law.

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Morgan Stanley Lawsuit Highlights Pitfalls of Emailed Employee Contracts

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A lower court had ruled that an employment-arbitration agreement between Morgan Stanley and the employee was enforceable, even though the former sales assistant claimed she never read a 2015 email.

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