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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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Walmart’s Plan to Use Employees to Deliver Online Orders Raises Legal Issues

Walmart’s Plan to Use Employees to Deliver Online Orders Raises Legal Issues

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While Walmart’s plan to have employees deliver customers’ online purchases on their way home from work may make business sense, it also raises a host of legal questions, says Justin Markel, a Houston labor and employment lawyer with Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey PC.

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Uber Fires 20 Employees After Harassment Probe

Uber Fires 20 Employees After Harassment Probe

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Uber Technologies Inc. said it fired 20 employees and was improving management training following an investigation by a law firm into sexual harassment allegations and other claims at the ride-hailing company, according to a Reuters report.

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The Difficulty With Texting Employees During a Workplace Investigation

The Difficulty With Texting Employees During a Workplace Investigation

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While an employer may want to reach out to various employees including the alleged victim, doing so can negatively impact the ongoing workplace investigations, warns Natalie Lynch of Lynch Service Company.

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ERISA Litigation Partner Michael Graham Joins Michael Best Chicago Office

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Michael Best announces that Michael T. Graham has joined its Chicago office as a partner in the firm’s Labor & Employment Relations Group

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National Survey on Restrictive Covenants

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The guide gives details about each state’s factors on the topics of non-competes, non-solicitation, non-hire/”raiding,” and confidential information.

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Are Restrictive Covenants Enforceable When Employee Converts to ‘At-Will’ Employment?

Are Restrictive Covenants Enforceable When Employee Converts to ‘At-Will’ Employment?

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A post by Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti discusses a recent case that dealt with the question of what happens to restrictive covenants in an employment contract when an employee converts to at-will status.

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Biglaw Firm Lays Off Associates, Staff and Partners

Biglaw Firm Lays Off Associates, Staff and Partners

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One source who was briefed on the layoffs said the downsizing affects 40 lawyers, including associates and counsel, as well as 27 staff members, reports Bloomberg’s Casey Sullivan.

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Congressman Targets Assistant General Counsel Over Political Activism

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The assistant general counsel of a New Jersey-based bank company says she found herself in a touchy situation after a U.S. Congressman complained to her employer about her activism that targeted the lawmaker.

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