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Biglaw Firm Hit With $300 Million Gender Discrimination Lawsuit

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Ogletree, Deakins nonequity shareholder Dawn Knepper has hit her employer with a $300 million purported class-action suit alleging gender discrimination and unequal pay, reports Above theLaw.

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Workplace Lawyers Race Against the Trump Clock

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Labor lawyers rush to lock in payouts ahead of a shifting legal landscape, according to a Bloomberg report.

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International HR – Offer Letters and Employment Contracts

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When a U.S. company decides to hire an employee in another country, the question of whether to send the applicant an offer letter inevitably arises, writes Samina Weil in the Fisher Phillips Cross Border Employer Blog.

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Scandals Prompt New Approaches to Sexual Harassment Training

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With careers at stake – not to mention the reputations of entire companies – employers are re-examining workplace culture, training, complaint procedures and everything in between, says employment attorney Audrey Mross of Dallas’ Munck Wilson Mandala.

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Webinar: Ten Predictions for Ethics and Compliance in 2018

Webinar: Ten Predictions for Ethics and Compliance in 2018

Webinar, Jan. 18, 1 p.m. EST
On Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, the experts at NAVEX Global will discuss the challenges of ethics and compliance and offer predictions for 2018’s most pressing compliance issues.

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Choice of Venue Provision Upheld in Employment Contract

Choice of Venue Provision Upheld in Employment Contract

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Forum selection clauses that are not adhesive will be interpreted independently of the court’s determination of the enforceability and validity of the contract as a whole, according to a post in Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice’s Employment Law Blog.

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9th Circuit Judge in SF Under Investigation Over Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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A judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco is under a formal misconduct inquiry after several of his clerks accused him of inappropriate behavior, according to a report in SFGATE.

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The ‘Weinstein Effect’: Firms Rethink Holiday Parties Amid Sexual Harassment Concerns

The ‘Weinstein Effect’: Firms Rethink Holiday Parties Amid Sexual Harassment Concerns

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A poll found that only 49 percent of companies said they planned to serve alcohol at their holiday events, compared with nearly 62 percent last year.

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How Forced Arbitration and Non-Disclosure Agreements Can Perpetuate Hostile Work Environments

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It is possible for state lawmakers to crack down on corporate abuse of arbitration and non-disclosure agreements, but the prospects do not seem good, writes Michelle Chen for The Nation.

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Be Careful When Using Liquidated Damages with Your Non-Compete Clause

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While a liquidated damages provision is not a silver bullet, if properly drafted, such a clause can be a significant deterrent to an employee who might otherwise decide to test the bounds of a non-compete, writes Shep Davidson.

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To Help Bridge Gender Gap, Women Lawyers Should Get Comfy with Self-Promotion

To Help Bridge Gender Gap, Women Lawyers Should Get Comfy with Self-Promotion

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A report by the Dallas Women Lawyers Association outlines the challenges women lawyers face, including pay gaps, disparity in equity partnerships, high attrition, bias in work assignments and origination credit, and underrepresentation on committees.

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Handling Off-Duty Misconduct

Handling Off-Duty Misconduct

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Off-duty misconduct can be tricky to deal with at times., warns Natalie Lynch of Lynch Service Company in a web posting Her article shows how to deal with it.

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Creating Defensible Employment Agreements Before an Employee’s First Day

Creating Defensible Employment Agreements Before an Employee’s First Day

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Significant tools in the arsenal of strategies are contracts signed by the employee, but waiting until the employee departs is too late to start thinking about them, points out Spiwe L. Jefferson in an article for the ACC.

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JPMorgan Judge Upends $1.1 Million Whistle-Blower Verdict

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A U.S. district judge says she saw prejudice in a jury’s verdict Tuesday that would have awarded $1.13 million in damages to a former JPMorgan Chase & Co. employee over her dismissal, according to Bloomberg.

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Tips For Drafting Employee Handbooks: Avoiding Breach of Contract Claims

Tips For Drafting Employee Handbooks: Avoiding Breach of Contract Claims

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To avoid breach of contract claims premised on employee handbook policies, employers should include an express contract disclaimer in their employee handbook, according to Bryan Cave.

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How Lawyers Protect the Harvey Weinstein in Your Workplace

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NDAs are geared to ensure that the fraction of people who do come forward can’t warn others or bring claims to light, all of which contributes to the culture of silence around workplace harassment, according to Bloomberg Law.

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How to Structure Global Mobility Assignments, Expatriate Postings and Cross-Border Secondments

How to Structure Global Mobility Assignments, Expatriate Postings and Cross-Border Secondments

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In structuring overseas postings, multinationals inevitably struggle with the interplay between expatriate assignment strategy and the legal ramifications of a particular foreign posting, points out Donald C. Downling, a shareholder in Littler Mendelson P.C.

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CBS Fires Legal Counsel Over Facebook Comments on Vegas Shooting

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CBS fired a a senior legal counsel after she criticized some victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting as “Republican gun toters” who did not deserve sympathy, reports The Washington Post.

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Employment Attorney: NFL Players Can Be Fired For Political Protests

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Regardless of the cause, Dallas employment lawyer Rogge Dunn says, more employers are regulating employees’ actions inside and outside of work.

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Trump’s Impact Felt in Supreme Court Labor Rights Cases

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When the Supreme Court opens its 2017 term on the first Monday in October, its very first cases will serve as a stark reminder of why elections matter, predicts USA Today.

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