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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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Settlement Agreements: No ‘One Size Fits All’ Approach

Settlement Agreements: No ‘One Size Fits All’ Approach

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Stephen Ravenscroft and Sarah Taylor of White & Case cite recent case law to discuss the importance of using clear wording when drawing up a settlement agreement.

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Bell Helicopter Ordered to Pay Significant Punitive Damages in Asbestos Death

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A Dallas County jury found there was clear and convincing evidence that Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., Dickson’s employer for 38 years, was “grossly negligent” in exposing the longtime mechanical engineer to asbestos.

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If You Checked The Box, You’re Bound By The Contract

If You Checked The Box, You’re Bound By The Contract

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The moral of the story is to always read the contract before you sign, whether by signature or by checking the box, writes Pat Collins of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus.

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U.S. Investors Fight to Preserve SEC Rule on CEO Pay Ratio

U.S. Investors Fight to Preserve SEC Rule on CEO Pay Ratio

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More than 100 unions, pension funds, activist investors, state treasurers and consumer advocacy groups urged the acting SEC commissioner not to delay the implementation of the rule, Reuters reports.

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Marissa Mayer’s $23-Million Severance From Yahoo May Look Obscene. But It’s Even Worse.

Marissa Mayer’s $23-Million Severance From Yahoo May Look Obscene. But It’s Even Worse.

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Former CEO Marissa Mayer’s golden parachute may end up being more than triple the announced $23 million that she is due from Yahoo in its acquisition by Verizon, according to an article in The New York Times.

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Is Your Noncompete Agreement Enforceable?

Is Your Noncompete Agreement Enforceable?

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Laws in many jurisdictions generally support reasonable noncompete agreements in employment, but other regulations limit restrictions on separated employees, says , warns David B. Ritter of Barnes & Thornburg in an interview with SHRM Online.

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Reducing Workplace Violence

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Companies have obligations to keep their employees safe regarding anticipated dangers as well as to respond quickly to actual dangers, writes Natalie Lynch of Lynch Law Firm in Austin.

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BigLaw Layoff Watch: 60 Staff Positions Across 22 U.S. Offices

BigLaw Layoff Watch: 60 Staff Positions Across 22 U.S. Offices

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Above the Law is reporting on another big layoff of BigLaw staff, asking the question: Has the Great Associate Pay Raise of 2016 ushered in the Not-So-Great Staff Layoffs of 2017?

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8th Circuit: No Contracting Out of WARN Act Obligations Where Sale of Business is ‘Going Concern’

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Companies considering purchasing a business should carefully consider the intent of the proposed transaction when assessing their WARN Act obligations, according to a post on the website of Winston & Strawn LLP.

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Webinar: The Future of Whistleblower Hotlines Revealed

Webinar: The Future of Whistleblower Hotlines Revealed

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Navex Global will present a complimentary webinar on the company’s annual Ethics & Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report, a tool compliance professionals around the globe reference every year to help measure their program and highlight areas for improvement.

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