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Jury Awards $21 Million to Hotel Dishwasher After She Was Forced to Work on Sundays

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A federal jury in Miami set a $21.5 million verdict for a Haitian immigrant in a religious accommodation case who lost her job at a Conrad Hotel because she would not work on Sundays because of religious beliefs.

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Negotiating a Labor Contract: Finding the Style that Suits You

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In labor contract negotiations, should you be low key? Should you yell and pound the table?

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HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Will Pay a $25 Million Settlement to Salespeople Who Sued Over Messed Up Pay

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Business Insider reports that about 2,000 of HP’s and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise’s salespeople will finally be getting their share of a $25 million settlement paid to them by the two companies.

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Arbitration Agreements: Tips for Enforceability

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Steven P. Gallagher of Akerman LLP offers some tips on what to do — and not do — when arbitration agreements for new hires.

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To Be a Good In-House Counsel, Be Prepared to Break The Law, Maybe

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As an in-house counsel — the individual tasked with mitigating risk for your employer — sometimes you have to make a decision much hastier than you might normally be comfortable with doing so, writes Stephen R. Williams in a column for Above the Law.

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Enforcing a Non-Compete Agreement? One Size Does Not Fit All

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There is no one-size-fits-all non-compete agreement, and the enforceability of a non-compete agreement turns upon the state law under which it is construed, points out a blog post from Knobbe Martens.

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Court Rules Law Firm’s Arbitration Provision Unconscionable

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In the case, a litigator who had been employed at Winston & Strawn sued the firm, asserting claims of discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.

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5th Circuit: Company in Class Action Waived Right to Arbitrate Because of Litigation Conduct

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Standards for determining when a party waives its right to arbitrate through participation in litigation have never been uniform among the circuits or easily applied writes John Lewis in BakerHostetler’s Employment Class Action Blog.

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China Employment Contract FAQs

China Employment Contract FAQs

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The end of the year brings an onslaught of China Employer Audits, and with those audits comes an onslaught of China employment law questions, writes Grace Yang in the Harris Bricken China Law Blog.

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Non-Compete Cautionary Tale

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A recent post on Robinson+Cole’s Manufacturing Law Blog discusses a recent court decision that underscores the need for manufacturers to exercise caution when seeking to impose post-employment restrictions on key employees.

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Podcast: Dos and Don’ts for Drafting Severance Agreements

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In a new podcast, two shareholders in Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart discuss a number of important considerations for employers to keep in mind when drafting a severance agreement.

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Federal Courts Uphold Arbitration Agreements Via Email

Federal Courts Uphold Arbitration Agreements Via Email

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Federal district courts in New York and New Jersey recently turned aside employee attacks on arbitration agreements challenged on the grounds that the employer’s communication of its arbitration policy via email was inadequate, reports the Gibbons Employment Law Alert.

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Contract Case: Lack of Consideration – Or Not!

Contract Case: Lack of Consideration – Or Not!

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Writing in ContractsProf Blog, Myanna Dellinger discusses a case that “nicely demonstrates how the consideration doctrine is still relevant and, as always, the importance of getting contracts in writing even though they do not have to be.”

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Google Exec Clouded by Scandal is a Veteran Silicon Valley Counsel

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David Drummond, the  chief legal officer of Google parent Alphabet Inc. and a one-time Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati partner, was cited in a New York Times report about the allegedly lax approach that Google has taken to relationships between supervisors and their subordinates.

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Spotlight on No-Poach Agreements Continues, Expands to New Industries

Spotlight on No-Poach Agreements Continues, Expands to New Industries

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Companies that engage in no-poach agreements should be prepared for governmental scrutiny as well as private litigation from former employees, warns Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.

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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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