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Recent Decisions Clarify (Un)Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements

Recent Decisions Clarify (Un)Enforceability of Class Action Waivers in Employment Agreements

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Companies looking to waive class action rights of employees may instead be waving goodbye to provisions in their employment contracts, warns David Heck for Proskauer Rose.

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Are Non-Compete Agreements Right for Your Construction Company?

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Contractors have several reasons to require that their high-level employees (e.g., C-Level) enter non-compete agreements, explains Peter C. Vilmos of Burr Forman.

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Gorsuch Often Sided With Employers in Workers’ Rights Cases

Gorsuch Often Sided With Employers in Workers’ Rights Cases

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Worker’s rights opinions written by Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, are often sympathetic but coldly pragmatic, and they’re usually in the employer’s favor, according to a review conducted by the Associated Press.

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Akerman Launches Labor & Employment Law Podcast ‘WorkedUp’

Akerman Launches Labor & Employment Law Podcast ‘WorkedUp’

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Akerman LLP has launched WorkedUp, a new podcast that explores the ever-changing world of employment law and human resource management.

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Uber Sexual Harassment Allegations are a Warning for Tech Industry and ‘Rock Star’ Culture

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Two groups weren’t surprised at allegations of sexual harassment in high tech, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times: women who work in tech, and Silicon Valley employment attorneys.

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Littler Adds Global Privacy and Cybersecurity Shareholder Gary Clayton in Dallas

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Employment and labor law firm Littler has added Gary Clayton as a shareholder in its Dallas office.

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Investigating Discrimination Complaints: Some Special Considerations

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The investigation of discrimination complaints requires sensitivity to some special considerations that will not always apply to other complaints, according to an article published by Lynch Service Company.

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‘Overpaid’ CEOs a Risk for Investors, Study Finds

‘Overpaid’ CEOs a Risk for Investors, Study Finds

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Among the chief executive officers it labeled as “overpaid” was Discovery Communications Inc. CEO David Zaslav, who received $32.4 million in 2015. During the study period, Discovery shares fell 12 percent.

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BigLaw Layoff Watch: 150 to 200 Jobs Is a Lot of Jobs

BigLaw Layoff Watch: 150 to 200 Jobs Is a Lot of Jobs

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Above the Law has fleshed out earlier reporting about significant staff layoffs at K&L Gates, this time with fairly specific numbers of people who have lost their jobs with the big law firm.

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Workplace Harassment: New Considerations for New Administration

Workplace Harassment: New Considerations for New Administration

Event, Feb. 22, 12 p.m. EST
Navex Global will present a complimentary webinar titled “Managing Workplace Harassment: Trends and Objectives under the New Administration” on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

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When Employees Leave With Your Secrets

When Employees Leave With Your Secrets

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James Pooley of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP writes that the standard approach to dealing with a departing employee could put confidential information at risk.

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China Employee Non-Competes: Does Yours Have Real Teeth?

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Chinese courts do not automatically side with the employee; those rare employers that have done things the right way actually usually win, writes Grace Yang in China Law Blog.

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Tech Industry Reacts to Trump’s Order on Immigration With Fear and Frustration

Tech Industry Reacts to Trump’s Order on Immigration With Fear and Frustration

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Donald Trump’s executive order Friday banning citizens of certain countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days blindsided the technology industry, reports The Los Angeles Times.

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Reduce Risk in Finance, Contract & Employment Law: ACC Mid-Year Meeting

Reduce Risk in Finance, Contract & Employment Law: ACC Mid-Year Meeting

Event, April 2-4, New York City
The Association of Corporate Counsel, the world’s largest community of in-house counsel, will stage the ACC Mid-Year Meeting in New York on April 2-4, 2017.

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Disparate Treatment and Disparate Impact Are Tests for Discrimination

Disparate Treatment and Disparate Impact Are Tests for Discrimination

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Disparate treatment and disparate impact are two very different types of employment discrimination that use two very different tests to determine if illegal discrimination has occurred and if an employer may be liable for such discriminatory conduct, according to an article published by Lynch Service Company.

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Early Investigative Mistakes that Destroy the Privilege

Early Investigative Mistakes that Destroy the Privilege

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It is imperative that individuals advising or conducting workplace investigations think about the way their actions will preserve or destroy the privilege at each step of the process, according to a report published by Lynch Service Company.

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Justices Will Hear Challenges to Mandatory Employee Arbitration

Justices Will Hear Challenges to Mandatory Employee Arbitration

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The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether companies can use employment contracts to prohibit workers from banding together to take legal action over workplace issues, reports The New York Times.

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Internal Investigations and Volunteers

Internal Investigations and Volunteers

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When a nonprofit suspects that someone in the organization might be engaged in wrongdoing, it can be particularly traumatic because the nonprofit team works together to make the world a better place, according to an article published by Lynch Service Company.

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Employees Who Sell: Understanding the FLSA’s Exemptions for Sales Employees

Event, Jan. 25, 1 p.m. EST
Practical Law and the Wage & Hour Defense Institute will present a free 75-minute webinar providing guidance on minimum wage and overtime pay exemptions applicable to sales employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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The Nature of a Workplace Investigation

The Nature of a Workplace Investigation

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A “head in the sand” approach to workplace issues is not advisable; do not make the mistake of assuming all is well so long as no one is making formal complaints, advises Lynch Service Company.

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